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Melania Trump Schedules First Appearance in Weeks - But the Press Won't Attend

First Lady Melania Trump was scheduled for her first appearance at an event honoring Gold Star families on Monday night, CNN reporter Kate Bennett said on "The Situation Room." Though it's her first appearance in weeks, the press was not asked to attend out of respect for the families' privacy.

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Here’s What Nobody Ever Tells You about Lasik Eye Surgery

I walked into Dr. Joseph A. Rudick’s Manhattan offices almost entirely unaware of what Lasik eye surgery was, save for the countless rave reviews I heard from friends and family. "It’s totally painless," I remember being told. "You’ll have brand new eyes overnight!" All I knew was that I had one more strip of daily contacts…

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It's a Lot Easier to Get Hooked on Opioids Than You Might Think

A small number of people—about 6 percent—who had not been taking opioids before an operation, but got them to ease post-surgery pain, are still taking painkillers three to six months later. That’s long after what is considered normal for surgical recovery.

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Why the Decision About My Cancer Is Not As Simple As Angelina Jolie's

I am not married to Brad Pitt, I have never given a speech at the UN and I tend not to travel by private jet. But Angelina Jolie and I, it turns out, have two major things in common. We are both 39, and we both have a gene mutation, which gives us an elevated risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

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Should We Give Pot to Suffering Pets? Animal Expert Darlene Arden Says Yes

Darlene Arden is a certified animal behavior consultant who recently began to advocate for medical marijuana—on behalf of pets. She says her purpose in life is to speak for the voiceless, so who better to defend than our furriest companions?

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Is Your Hip Implant Safe? 4 Risky Medical Devices That Do Not Get Clinically Tested

Medical devices sustain and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. But as the over $100 billion-a-year industry pushes thousands of devices to market every year, reports of faulty devices, repeat surgeries, and recalls have increased. The FDA and the industry maintain that a speedy approval process gives patients faster access to life-saving devices. But critics say that unlike drugs, a substantial number of risky devices are cleared without clinical testing, and receive almost no oversight once on the market. 

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The Real Cost of War

A few nights ago, we took our granddaughter, who recently moved back to Oakland from Oklahoma, to her middle-school orientation. Eleven years ago I sat in that very same auditorium with my daughter -- who was then entering the seventh grade -- and listened to the principal, her assistant and various representatives from the Parent's Association talk about the students' new and exciting journey.

Oakland's schools have never been financially flush and the school district's budget woes have accumulated over the past few years. With Oakland schools now in financial receivership, I expected some belt tightening -- but the news was far worse for my granddaughter and for our small corner of public education:

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