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A new Texas law says hospitals and insurers will have to work it out when they can't agree on a price — instead of sending huge unexpected bills to patients.

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Texas is the latest state to pass a law to shield patients from surprise medical bills. These bills are often sent to patients who unintentionally go out of network, sometimes in emergencies.

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Physician Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. She writes about changing approaches to elder health care in the book, Elderhood.

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Many users now mix opioids with stimulants such as meth and cocaine. Researchers say efforts to get doctors to reduce opioid prescriptions may have driven some users to buy meth on the street instead.

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A service called neuromonitoring can cut the risk of nerve damage during delicate surgery. But some patients are receiving large bills they didn't expect.

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NPR's Noel King talks to Deborah Malac, U.S. ambassador to Uganda, about the recent deaths there from Ebola. In neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, the death toll is higher.

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Humans have been smoking pot to get high since the first millennium B.C. Archaeologists have found early evidence of cannabis use from wooden bowls exhumed from ancient tombs in western China.

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The FDA has strengthened oversight of experimental fecal transplants after a patient died of an infection. The donor's stool contained disease-causing pathogens, but was not tested before use.

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The World Health Organization met Friday to discuss developments in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The meeting was prompted by three cases that appeared in Uganda this week.

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