Remote Area Medical: Massive Free Health Clinic Lands in Northern California
Uninsured: After serving some 3,400 patients in Sacramento, the Remote Area Medical clinic heads to Oakland this weekend to provide free medical and dental care to thousands of people, some of whom will start lining up at the Oakland Coliseum at 3:30 a.m. Remote Area Medical has traditionally aimed its free medical care at developing countries, but found such a need in the United States that it has to turn people away from its massive clinics here.
Health Reform: Is Paul Ryan's plan to dramatically reshape Medicaid and Medicare really that radical? No, argues Dan Diamond for California Healthline – it's déjà vu all over again.
Women's Health: Advice for women about hormone replacement therapy after menopause continues to evolve in the wake of a new study showing that stroke risks fade after estrogen-only hormone therapy is stopped, Shari Roan reports for the Los Angeles Times.
Preemies: Giving the hormone progesterone to pregnant women at high risk of delivering their babies early can cut premature births by 45 percent, according to a new study examined by Reuters' Julie Steenhuysen. About 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year.
Virology: Talk about occupational hazards: a virologist apparently passed on a rare tropical disease to his wife after having sex with her after he returned from a trip to Senegal, Martin Enserink reports for Science Now. It's the first recorded case of sexual transmission of an insect-borne disease.
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