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Puberty Is Coming Earlier, But That Doesn't Mean Sex Ed Is

Scientists are still trying to understand why more children are reaching puberty earlier than previous generations. Whatever the cause, many young people find they have questions about their changing bodies long before their teachers broach the topic.

Ill. Governor Touts Health Exchange Legislature Rejected

On the first day of the new health care marketplaces opening Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is touting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This, even though he couldn't manage to convince his legislature that the state should run its own exchange, leaving Illinois to partner with the federal government.

Some Snags As Health Exchange Sign Up Starts

The first day of sign-up for the Affordable Care Act was marked by numerous computer glitches. President Obama said issues with government's website that allows people to compare plans and sign up for health insurance plans were caused by a flood of people logging on.

Health Exchange Day One: A View From California

We'll hear how things went in California Tuesday as people started to sign up for insurance in the Affordable Care Act.

Shutdown Leaves Program Feeding Women And Infants In Lurch

Some state programs serving low-income women with young children at nutritional risk may run out of funding by next week. Other states have enough funding to provide benefits — which average $45 per month — through October.

For Middle-Aged Women, Stress May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Stressful events in midlife, like the death of a spouse or loss of a job, increased the risk of dementia for women in old age, according to a Swedish study. The researchers couldn't say whether some women's habits, such as regular exercise, lowered the risk from stress.

Connecticut's Insurance Website Struggles At Opening

Shortly after 9:00 a.m., the state's insurance website was live. In almost no time there had been more than 100,000 visits, and someone had already enrolled by 9:30. But throughout the morning, it was tough to get the website to load.

1 In 8 Suffers From Chronic Hunger Globally, U.N. Report Says

The report found gains in fighting hunger and improving diets in several areas, including parts of East Asia, Southeastern Asia and Latin America.

Exchange Shopping Starts Now, But No Need To Rush

The federal health law enters a new phase now that consumers can finally kick the tires on health insurance in the marketplaces created for the uninsured and those who buy their own coverage. Window shopping is fine for now because the key deadline for coverage doesn't come until December.
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A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

Doctor and best-selling author Oliver Sacks' latest book looks at who gets hallucinations and why. The neurologist on his decades-long career exploring the mysteries of the brain.