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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.
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Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

Many healthy school lunch options end up in the garbage. But two researchers say that students who eat lunch after recess are more likely to eat fruits and veggies than students who eat lunch first.
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Parents Who Shun Vaccines Tend To Cluster, Boosting Children's Risk

Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated live near others who do the same, a study finds. That increases the risk that children will become infected, even if they've had their shots.
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Virginia Aims To Crack Down On Rising Heroin Use

Attorney General Mark Herring says dealing with the growing problem of heroin addiction will be one of his chief priorities this session.
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The City Might Not Be To Blame For High Asthma Rates

Children who live in cities in the Northeast are much more likely to have asthma. But a wider look finds that poor children in the suburbs are at high risk, too.

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Malpractice Changes In Massachusetts Offer Injured Patients New Options

Hospitals in the state are among the leaders in developing alternatives to medical liability litigation. A recently enacted law helps consumers who want to challenge hospitals and doctors.
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After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

In response to the 2012 theater killings, Colorado added clinics, hotlines and mobile units to support early crisis prevention. At the heart of the initiative are 13 walk-in crisis centers.
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What's Most Likely To Kill You? Hint: Probably Not An Epidemic

Noncommunicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease are now the biggest killers on earth. They account for 68 percent of deaths — and have an even greater impact in the developing world.
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At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

Barbara Beskind stands out in youth-obsessed Silicon Valley. She inspires designers at the IDEO firm to think about the needs of older generations: What if your glasses could help you remember people?
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From Detox To Elimination Diets, Skipping Sugar May Be The Best Bet

Detox diets are a hot trend, but scientists say there's really no evidence that they are necessary or helpful. One strategy that does make sense: Cut back on sugar. We tell you why.

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