The idea that a concerted government push can lead to a “cure” for cancer is nearly a half century old, stretching back to President Nixon’s failed “War on Cancer.”

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The effort will be led by vice-president Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of brain cancer last year. US president also touts his climate-policy achievements as he begins his final year in office.

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A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by frustration with insurance requirements, are bringing “health care for billionaires” to the masses, including people on Medicare and Medicaid, and state employees

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‘I Am Drowning’

January 12, 2016

The voices of people with medical debt. Our article on Americans’ struggles with medical debt generated thousands of reader comments. More than 1,200 readers wrote us to answer our question: “How have medical bills changed your life?”

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In 2009, an influential panel of medical experts ignited a nationwide uproar by suggesting that women needed fewer mammograms than had long been recommended. Outrage ensued. On Monday, the same panel issued an update of its guidelines — and it is sticking to its guns. The basic advice, which applies to women with an average risk of breast cancer, was unchanged

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An Oregon medical center’s plan to increase efficiency by outsourcing doctors drove a group of its hospitalists to fight back by banding together

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“Sooner or later you get to the point — in theory you get to the point — where all the [polio] cases in the world are caused by the vaccine,” Philip Minor, the head of virology at National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in the United Kingdom, tells me. “So you are basically using the vaccine to protect against the vaccine. And that is just ludicrous, isn’t it?”

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Leading experts debate the role that science—and politics—played in the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines

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