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Medical Debt Can Sink Credit Ratings, Long After It's Paid

Medical Debt Can Sink Credit Ratings, Long After It's Paid

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Medical Debt: Long after consumers have paid their medical bills, the one-time debt still can wreck their credit ratings if the bills were sent to a collection agency before payment, Carla K. Johnson reports for the Associated Press.

Oil Spill: Victims of the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill will finally get a system to monitor their health and receive compensation for spill-related illnesses under a new settlement with British Petroleum, Cain Burdeau reports for the Associated Press.

Women's Health: Michelle Goldberg reports for Newsweek on how Planned Parenthood is fighting back against attacks on its funding and its work by Congressional Republicans and some state legislatures.

Doctor Oversight: A Los Angeles prosecutor took the unusual step of charging a doctor with murder in the prescription drug overdose deaths of three patients as a warning to other pill-pushing doctors, Greg Risling and Linda Deutsch report for the Associated Press.

Environmental Health: New research has linked the industrial chemicals known as PCBs to attention deficit disorders in children, Lindsey Konkel reports for Environmental Health News.

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