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Report: 42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers with credit records — 42.9 million people — have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Column: A dry mouth is fertile for tooth decay

Notice all the side effects drug companies usually list when advertising medications?

Exploring the aspirin’s potential uses

Aspirin is one of the oldest drugs out there. And yet researchers are still learning what it can — and cannot — do.

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Animal therapy shown to benefit health, healing

Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital.

Flu shot not as effective as hoped

If you’ve followed public health advice, you’re already vaccinated against influenza for the current season.

CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

Uncircumcised men and the parents of newborn boys should be informed that the health benefits of circumcision are “dramatic” and the risks of the procedure are “low,” according to proposed guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Students learn art of mindfulness at Portland school

As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan “singing bowl.”

Hospital-caused deaths drop off

Efforts to make hospital care safer have resulted in an estimated 50,000 fewer patients dying because of avoidable errors in the past three years, according to a new report by government and industry officials.

Researchers discover genetic ‘pre-cancer’ mutations in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood “pre-cancer” — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age.

Airport pet therapy

The Los Angeles International Airport has 30 therapy dogs and is hoping to expand its ...