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When Loved Ones Go Missing, Ambiguity Can Hold Grief Captive

As families of those on the missing jetliner struggle to get answers, one grief counselor says moving forward requires accepting the unknown. But right now, she says, they're in survival mode.

Gay Couples Entitled To Equal Family Health Coverage, Fed Says

Insurers must give spouses in same-sex marriages identical coverage offered to those in traditional marriages, the government says. The rule applies to all married couples, no matter where they live.

Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip

The White House is desperate to recruit the millennial crowd, prompting some unusual media appearances for the president. Will they work?

House Passes Payment Fix For Medicare Docs, But At What Cost?

A bipartisan compromise years in the making came apart this week when House GOP leaders inserted into a Medicare bill language that would delay part of the Affordable Care Act.

Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Looks like the old adage about when it's safe to eat dropped foods may actually be effective for wet, sticky stuff like candies. For carpet-dusted snacks, you can take your sweet time, a study finds.

Companies Tap Celebrity Power For Extreme Vegetable Makeover

If mom can't nudge kids to eat veggies, Maybe Disney teen stars will be more effective. Increasingly, companies are marketing healthy food to kids. Turns out, it's good for their bottom line, too.

Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug.
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New Insights Into The Underground Sex Economy

A new landmark study by the Urban Institute explores the economics of the sex industry in Washington, D.C., and seven other major cities.


Can Congress Put An End To Annual Medicare Payment Ritual?

House Republicans passed a bill that would change Medicare's pay formula for doctors. To fund it, the measure would delay penalties for people who don't buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

The more fast food you encounter where you live and work, the likelier you are to be obese, research shows. That suggests policies limiting fast-food outlets in neighborhoods may be onto something.