This week, pharmaceutical giant CVS announced it was preparing to buy the insurance company Aetna for $69 billion. The merger could have a profound impact on the way Americans receive healthcare — and it also raises a number of privacy concerns, said medical ethicist Arthur Caplan

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A federal task force is now trying to help

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You might expect your doctor to recommend what they think best during childbirth, but it’s not uncommon to feel pressured into having a procedure that you don’t want. Rebecca Grant reports on the ethics and law of consent in the delivery room

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Amnesic anesthetics are convenient and help patients make a faster recovery, but they don’t necessarily prevent suffering during surgery

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It’s lack of economic opportunity that is dooming more Americans to “diseases of despair.”

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Vincent Thomas had battled multiple myeloma for quite some time and gone through countless treatments and drug regimens, which weren’t stopping his cancer. He and his family made the decision to go on hospice care. The thing was, his eyesight had failed him

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Fifty years ago this Sunday, the first adult human heart transplant was performed in Cape Town. It was an epoch-making advance in science — and also, perhaps, in human culture. The heart, heavy as it is with symbolism, has always occupied a special place in our collective imagination

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The mother, who was born without a uterus, received the transplant from a living donor last year at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, and had a baby boy there last month, the hospital said on Friday

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