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Evan Atar Adaha, surgeon and medical director at a hospital in South Sudan, accepts the U.N.

Dr. Evan Atar Adaha has won the U.N.'s Nansen Refugee Award. Of his commitment to work in a conflict zone, he says: "I would feel guilt the rest of my life if I left people in this situation.

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Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:09 pm
Black men are twice as likely as whites to die from prostate cancer, one of the deadliest cancers that affect males.

Black men are hit hardest by prostate cancer, but they are underrepresented in research. Researchers held focus groups in three states to understand why.

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Posted: October 17, 2018, 3:30 pm

Ebola has been spreading throughout an eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than two and a half months. An emergency committee of the WHO is meeting Wednesday to advise.

Posted: October 17, 2018, 9:02 am
The authors of a new study on veterinarians and mental health say vet school should include more training on how to cope with the moral distress vets face when asked by pet owners to do things that are against their medical judgement.

Most of the 800 veterinarians surveyed feel ethical qualms when pet owners ask them to euthanize animals that could be treated, or when owners ask to keep pets alive who will suffer needlessly.

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Posted: October 17, 2018, 9:00 am
Demonstrators hold signs as Democratic leaders speak with reporters outside the U.S. Capitol June 26, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The fate of Obamacare may hinge on which party wins the midterm elections.

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Posted: October 17, 2018, 9:00 am
A planter trims medicinal marijuana plants in Ontario in 2016. After months of preparation, Canada legalized recreational use of the drug on Wednesday.

Pot sales begin today in Canada, which is only the second country after Uruguay to legalize the drug for recreational use.

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Posted: October 17, 2018, 6:44 am

The midterm elections will determine which party controls the House and Senate for the next two years — and that could have a major effect on the future of U.S. health policy.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 8:29 pm
"We have only begun to scratch the surface of the complex problems inherent in figuring out ... the brain

In 2003, Paul Allen created an institute to figure out how the human brain works. That institute has already made contributions that may turn out to be part of his greatest legacy.

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Posted: October 16, 2018, 7:32 pm
"I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven

Acute flaccid myelitis causes weakness in arms or legs. The cause isn't clear but may be related to viruses, environmental toxins or genetic disorders. Since 2014, 386 total cases have been confirmed.

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Posted: October 16, 2018, 6:39 pm

The science is there. But some people aren't.

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Posted: October 16, 2018, 2:06 pm

Weeks after a Saudi journalist went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out, Secretary of State Pompeo wants answers. A NPR poll finds rural Americans worry about addiction and jobs.

Posted: October 16, 2018, 9:02 am
Drug addiction is a big concern to rural Americans, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

What's on people's minds in rural America? A new poll shows that the addiction crisis and economic issues have people worried. But many retain an upbeat outlook about the future of their communities.

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Posted: October 16, 2018, 9:01 am
President Trump listens in January as Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (second from left), introduces himself during a meeting at the White House. The sky-high prices of some drugs are a big issue for some voters this fall.

With high drug prices a hot election issue, drugmakers and the Trump administration are jockeying over how to bring prices down. But critics say the proposed fixes don't have enforcement teeth.

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Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:17 am

Digital health lawyer Jodi Daniel answers questions about what people can do to control how our medical and health data is used, as smart watches, fitness trackers and other devices gain popularity.

Posted: October 15, 2018, 9:20 pm
According to the law in most states, health care providers own patients

Sometimes discoveries derived from patients' medical data become the foundation of new profit-making companies. A fledgling industry wants to help patients get a cut of the cash.

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Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:45 pm
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