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MADISON (WMSN) -- Americans are living longer than ever and that means the health care system is going thru major changes, from the services they deliver to who's performing them.



Jeff Angileri takes a look at how hospitals are preparing for the future.

Living Longer - Part 2

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Spider venom may hold chemical keys to new painkillers
Scientists who analyzed countless chemicals in spider venom say they have identified seven compounds that block a key step in the body's ability to pass pain signals to the brain.

'Over the counter' birth control pills might save public money
Providing no- or low-cost birth control pills over the counter may reduce costs and prevent up to a quarter of unplanned pregnancies, researchers say.

FDA limits use of testosterone drugs, warns of possible heart risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked makers of prescription testosterone therapies to change their labeling to clarify that their products are approved only for men with specific medical conditions and could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Officials urge testing as Portland, Oregon sees rise in syphilis cases
A spike in syphilis cases in Portland in the past three years has prompted concerned public health officials to urge more sexually active adults to get tested regularly for the treatable bacterial infection.

Scientists identify people most likely to benefit from statins
The American Heart Association’s 2013 recommendation for expanded statin use has raised eyebrows over whether the medications are now prescribed too much. But researchers at Washington University have found that analyzing genetics may help doctors determine who is most likely to benefit from the cholesterol-lowering therapy.

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