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E-Cigarettes Banned In Montgomery County Bars, Restaurants

As of Friday, electronic cigarettes can no longer be used in bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. It's the first such indoor ban on "vaping" in the D.C. region.
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The Uninsured Rate Is Low, But Proving It's The Lowest Ever Is Tricky

President Obama hails the Affordable Care Act for driving the uninsured rate "to its lowest level ever." But changes in how the rate has been measured make historical claims difficult.
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Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Most people buying Obamacare plans next year are likely to face a small increase in the price of monthly premiums, early numbers suggest. A few plans are asking for steep price hikes, but that's rare.
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How Little Red Dots Could Help Women And Babies Stay Healthy

A nonprofit in India is using bindis to give women an extra boost of iodine — a micronutrient that's especially critical during pregnancy.
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Should Tanning Bed Warnings Take A Cue From Graphic Cigarette Labels?

Graphic images showing the effects of melanoma, combined with photos promoting the positives of avoiding indoor tanning, were more persuasive than standard text warnings.
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Got Water? Most Kids, Teens Don't Drink Enough

More than half the young people in a recent study were at least mildly dehydrated — maybe enough to affect energy and concentration. Roughly 25 percent said they never drink water.
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Beating The Odds: Besting Food Allergies, Homelessness, On Path To Graduation

As part of our Beating the Odds series, we'll meet high school senior Coumba Gueye, who has struggled with homelessness and severe allergies, but is now heading to college on a full scholarship.

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How 'Diet Gurus' Hook Us With Religion Veiled In Science

From Paleo to vegan to raw, nutrition gurus package their advice as sound science. But peel the studies away and you'll find timeless myths and superstitions of religion.
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How An Economist Helped Patients Find The Right Kidney Donors

If you've got a life-threatening medical condition, your first call might not be to an economist. But Alvin Roth used a theory about matching markets to help connect kidney patients and donors.
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Joseph's House: Where Homeless D.C. Residents Find Comfort In Their Final Days

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Joseph's House, a hospice facility in D.C. that was founded to care for dying homeless people, particularly those living with HIV.

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