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Health Insurer Anthem To Buy Rival Cigna For Nearly $50 Billion

Health insurer Anthem has agreed to buy fellow insurer Cigna for close to $50 billion. NPR looks at what the deal might mean for consumers.
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Vietnam War Study Raises Concerns About Veterans' Mental Health

A federally mandated study shows that almost 300,000 Vietnam veterans still struggle with daily health problems linked to the traumas they experienced more than 40 years ago during the war.
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Motorcyclists Challenge State Laws Banning Use Of Earplugs

When Tom Varsel rode through Ohio on his motorcycle, he put in some earplugs, and then got a ticket. Wearing hearing protection like earplugs in both ears is illegal in most cases in the state. He's challenging the ban, which is also a contentious issue in other states.
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Fairfax County Finds That A Boost Of Creativity Goes A Long Way For The Aging

Creative Aging programs have taken hold throughout the D.C. region. At one senior center in Virginia, a piano man finds energy in music, and a lady has brought a lot of friends into the program.

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No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule

The FDA wants to revamp the Nutrition Facts panels on foods. The labels would have to list how much added sugar the foods contain — and how much it counts against your recommended daily allowance.
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Why A Vaccine That Works Only A Third Of The Time Is Still A Good Deal

The first vaccine against a parasite — one that causes malaria — was recommended for approval. It's not as effective as researchers had hoped, but they still think it could make a big difference.
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The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

We know that a gene can determine how strongly we experience bitter flavors. Scientists wanted to know if this was also true for sweet. Their study shows genetics may affect our taste for sugar, too.
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Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

Think binge drinking, and college students downing cheap beer from red cups come into mind. But healthy affluent adults over 50 are more likely to drink dangerously than their peers.
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To Head Off Avian Flu, Maryland Bans Chickens At County Fairs

Maryland agricultural officials are banning poultry exhibitions at fairs starting next month, part of an attempt to stop avian flu from coming to the state.
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Doctors Plan Database On Cancer Drugs, Showing Effectiveness And Cost

A group of cancer doctors is trying to create a database on cancer drugs. It would give a score for each drug, reflecting how well the drug works. It would also list how much the drug costs.

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