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Do-It-Yourselfers Face Penalties Over Their Cut-Rate Health Insurance

People sometimes put together policies, such as short-term and critical illness plans, instead of buying more expensive health coverage. But they likely will be penalized under the federal health law.
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A Grand Jury Indicts Two Abortion Opponents Who Made Undercover Videos Of Planned Parenthood

A grand jury in Texas investigating Planned Parenthood instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization. We discuss what makes an undercover investigation criminal and the ongoing political battle over Planned Parenthood's role and funding.


President Obama Wants More Funds To Feed Low-Income Kids In Summer

The president will propose in his 2017 budget that families who qualify for subsidized school meals receive benefits to buy an extra $45 in groceries per child each month when school is out.


Big Zika Virus Outbreak Unlikely In The U.S., Officials Say

The spread of Zika is probably limited by window screens and other mosquito-control measures in common use in the U.S. Also, the primary mosquito that carries Zika has a somewhat limited range.

New Jersey River Polluters Fund Toxic Fish Swap — But There's A Snag

Passaic River polluters are telling local fishermen to trade contaminated catch for healthy tilapia. But there's no disposal plan for the toxic fish, and residents don't want them to be incinerated.

Anti-Abortion Activists Indicted On Felony Charges In Planned Parenthood Case

A grand jury in Houston has returned indictments against two members of a group that targeted Planned Parenthood with a string of undercover videos last year. The felony indictments are a twist as the panel was originally tasked with investigation the group's claim that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue.

Depression Screening Recommended For Pregnant Women, New Mothers

An independent task force chartered by the federal government says pregnant women should be screened for signs of depression both during and after pregnancy.

Nations Across Latin America Grapple With Rapid Spread Of Zika Virus

Authorities in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica are encouraging women to delay getting pregnant due to the spread of the mosquito-borne illness, Zika. The virus has been linked to brain damage in infants. Delaying pregnancy is a challenge for women in the region where rape is the cause of many pregnancies, and women have little access to contraception.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Join The Fight To Stop Zika Virus

On a trial basis, a British company is releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Brazil to try and reduce the Aedes aegypti population — the species spreading Zika.

How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

Science writer Jo Marchant says that the mind can play an important role in dealing with a variety of health concerns, including pain, heart disease and depression. Marchant's new book is Cure.