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If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

A decision against subsidies would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are backbone of the Affordable Care Act.
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Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

Ebola has made it harder for the prostitutes who issue a come-hither "hiss" along Lumley Beach. Customers are hard to find, pay is down, and, like everyone, the women are scared of the deadly virus.
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Patient Safety Journal Finds Violations, Tightens Standards After Scandal

Kickback allegations against its former editor prompted the Journal of Patient Safety to review his writings and adopt new rules for disclosing commercial conflicts of interest.
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Gluten-Free? Vegan? Thanksgiving Recipes For Alternative Diets

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.
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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.
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MoCo Council Member Wants To Treat E-Cigarettes Like The Real Thing

Montgomery County councilwoman Nancy Floreen says e-cig users should not be allowed to smoke them in places where traditional cigarettes are already banned.
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Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

Brokers and consultants have told large employers they could save money by shifting workers with expensive health conditions into insurance marketplace exchanges. Now that has been deemed illegal.
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Drugged Marshmallows Can Keep Urban Raccoons From Spreading Disease

Raccoons, as cute as they are, carry parasites that can be dangerous to humans. Mixing medicine with yummy treats reduced the disease risk for animals and humans in parks in Chicago.
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Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only a third of Americans infected with HIV have the virus under control. Most have been diagnosed, though that's less common among the young.
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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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