Health & Medicine

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

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Explore the final moments of a dying man who chose to end his own life

Ben Wald's death in 2013 did not make headlines, like the death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who took her own life due to a terminal illness. But like Maynard, Wald died on his own terms, thanks to Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. His wife, Pam, however, is now an advocate for the compassionate dying movement and is helping to keep the issue in the public eye.

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An epidemiologist suggests we take cues from the AIDS crisis in dealing with Ebola

While it may seem as though media attention surrounding the Ebola outbreak has dwindled, President Barack Obama has said that "we are nowhere near out of the woods yet in West Africa" — meaning volunteers are still needed. Physician and epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell is one of those volunteers, and she says her experience working during the AIDS crisis offers her some perspective.

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EPA approves a new herbicide for GMO crops and lawsuits follow

Many of today’s synthetic pesticides are derived from chemical weapons developed during the First and Second World Wars. Today, in the US, chemical warfare is waged daily against weeds in industrial agriculture. It has become an escalating conflict, as unruly weeds rapidly adapt to new products. The latest weapon has stirred strong opposition from environmentalists, farmers and food safety advocates.

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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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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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Iran HIV/AIDS prevention program

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with public health expert Kamiar Alaei about a new HIV/AIDS prevention program getting a test run in Iran this week: authorities have installed some vending machines in addiction centers that dispense condoms and syringes.

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Tango therapy

Psychologists and physical therapists believe learning to tango can help people suffering from Alzheimers, Parkinson's Disease, and depression, and Richard Reynolds finds out more at the first International Conference on Tango Therapy.

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Update on bird flu in China

China has just reported four new human cases of bird flu -- three of them fatal -- as millions of Chinese prepare to travel throughout the country for the lunar New Year. The World's Mary Kay Magistad has this update.

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''Enlighten Up''

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with filmmaker Kate Churchill and journalist Nick Rosen about their experience making the documentary, "Enlightened Up!" Churchill, a yoga devotee, followed Nick, a yoga skeptic, for six months as he explored the world of yoga here and in India.