Health & Medicine

These stories range from personal to public health, from medical research to the practices and business of health care

Health & Medicine

One surgeon suggests health care decisions in America are too often dictated by money

Most consumers want value for their money. When we buy a house or a car, we shop carefully and thoroughly — and there are rules and regulations governing the information a seller must provide to the buyer. But not so for the medical industry. In many cases, hospitals and doctors deliberately keep the true cost of medical procedures a closely-held secret. Can this unfair and outdated system ever be changed?

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The fight is on over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarette ads are on TV. New York City is restricting e-smoking in the same way as it restricts tobacco smoking. And government data indicates that 10 percent of high school students have tried e-cigs. Now, researchers are racing to figure out how they will impact public health.

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Anxiety in Tokyo

The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports on the anxiety felt by Tokyo residents about possible radiation exposure from Japan's earthquake and tsunami damaged nuclear reactors. Many city residents are skeptical of official statements.

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Japan sends radioactive water to sea

Japan is running out of space in the storage tanks that house radioactive water used to cool nuclear reactors. The excess is being dumped into the ocean. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with oceanography professor Bill Burnett about the effect on marine life.