Who should ultimately decide what treatment is medically necessary -- a doctor or a state health agency?
Florida, Georgia and Alabama are arguing before a federal appeals court in Atlanta that Medicaid officials should have the final say in how to treat Anna Moore, a 14-year-old Georgia girl who suffers from near daily seizures. The state is trying to reduce the number of hours she can be treated by a home nurse, despite her doctor's recommendations.
Health advocates say the case could set a dangerous precedent if state health agencies and their for-profit contractors are allowed to decide which treatments should be administered, since they will consider cost before health needs.
But the states say doctors often prescribe experimental and unproven treatments that they shouldn't have to pay for.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.
Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds.