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Bed Tax Or Provider Assessment? Different Sides Use Different Language In Virginia

A plan to help fund care for people without health insurance in Virginia by charging fees on hospitals has gained an important new ally.

NPR

Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers' Comp

Companies that opt out of state workers' comp laws say the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will ensure that injured workers get justice. An NPR investigation found that may not be true.
NPR

Diet Foods Are Tanking. So The Diet Industry Is Now Selling 'Health'

Consumers are increasingly disillusioned with diet products and programs. But they're also confused by new terms like gluten-free and non-GMO, industry analysts and nutritionists say.
NPR

Food Fight Fizzles As Senate Nears Compromise on School Nutrition Rules

The deal OK'd by a key Senate panel preserves stricter school nutrition standards enacted since 2010, but it gives schools more leeway in implementing them. It also calls for encouraging salad bars.
NPR

Was Dr. Asperger A Nazi? The Question Still Haunts Autism

Hans Asperger identified autism as a spectrum of disorders in the 1930s, but his work was ignored for decades because he went on to work under the Nazis. Research and treatment suffered as a result.
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The Latest On The Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis

The latest on the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and growing calls to hold government officials accountable.

NPR

Zika Virus Likely Affected Her Baby, And She Feels Brazil Doesn't Care

The government is trying to wipe out Zika virus, which has been linked to a severe birth defect. But is it doing enough to help families whose children have been affected?
NPR

Opioid Abuse Takes A Toll On Workers And Their Employers

Many employers who test for drugs don't screen employees for opioids. Yet opioid abuse is linked to problems with workplace productivity and safety.
NPR

'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism

Authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker say parents have been "unsung heroes" in spurring more research on autism, and in getting many more kids out of institutions and into schools.
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Beyond Madaya, 1 in 3 Syrians Doesn't Have Adequate Access To Food

Starvation has been a weapon of war for multiple parties in the conflict. Even in areas not under siege, it's harder for civilians to afford basic food items, with prices dramatically inflated.

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