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This Slide Shows Why HealthCare.gov Wouldn't Work At Launch

Check out this "red team" review of HealthCare.gov by private consulting firm McKinsey & Co., months before the federal health insurance site launched. One slide in particular shows why its chances of success were low from the start.
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Spiritual Healers Keep Watch For Plague In Uganda

It can be tough to stop the plague from spreading in rural Uganda because most villages don't have medical doctors to diagnose the deadly infection. But healers and herbalists are common. A scientist has trained them to detect the illness and refer patients for modern treatment.
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Wisconsin Chooses Its Own Path To Overhaul Medicaid

Wisconsin is taking a unique path on Medicare. The state's Republican governor rejected federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage. But Wisconsin is also bringing more people into Medicaid while moving others to private insurance on the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
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Princeton To Distribute Meningitis B Vaccine

The vaccine has not been approved in the U.S. but an outbreak at the university prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend importing the vaccine.
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Latest Cholesterol Guidelines Invite Overtreatment, Critics Warn

Updated just last week by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the new guidelines are based on old data, some heart doctors say, and may overestimate the real risk of heart attack and stroke. That could result in overtreatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs.
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Using Birth Control Pills May Increase Women's Glaucoma Risk

The ebb and flow of estrogen levels in a women's monthly cycle may have a protective effect on the eye's retina, ophthalmologists say. And that fluctuation could explain a possible connection between birth control pills and glaucoma. Women who have taken the pill a long time may want to consider glaucoma screening.
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Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner

Dust off that old Mr. Coffee! We've stumbled upon a wacky use for classic coffee makers: Cook a three-course meal for one. From poached salmon and pumpkin soup to steamed broccoli and couscous, the possibilities are endless. But why in the world would anyone want to cook this way?
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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Anxious mice calm down when they get an infusion of gut microbes from mellow mice. That has scientists wondering if gut microbes play a role in the human brain, too. Research on that is only just beginning. But it's intriguing to think there could be a real truth to the phrase "gut feelings".
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The Future Of Magazines, Internet Real Estate, 'The Book Thief'

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.
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Laboring In The Shadows To Keep The Web Free Of Child Porn

The rise of pornography online has created a new industry of people whose job it is to screen vast numbers of images of exploited children. Advocacy organizations and private companies are working on programs to automate the review process, but so far they can only filter for images that have already been flagged manually.

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