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Want To Cut Calories? Try Snacking On Calorie-Dense Almonds

A new study has found that people who snack on almonds really do eat less throughout the day. It's the combination of fiber, protein and the fact that we don't absorb all the calories we eat since we don't chew them very well. Another reason? They don't have carbs, which stimulate our appetites.
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Slaying 'Little Dragons': Guinea Worm Moves Toward Eradication

Known as the "affliction with little dragons," Guinea worm is a nasty parasite that can grow up to 3 feet inside a person. A decades-long campaign to eliminate the worm is starting to pay off. There were only about 500 cases worldwide in 2012, and 89 cases in the first half of 2013.
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What's The Real Deadline For Buying Health Coverage?

With the federally run health insurance exchange at HealthCare.gov mired in technology problems, there's a lot of talk about how long people who need insurance can wait to buy it. Tardy purchasers face a potential tax penalty.
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Obamacare Website Mess: Whose Fault Is It?

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is feeling the heat because of all the technical problems with the new health exchange websites. For more on possible fixes, and what it all means for Americans seeking coverage, host Michel Martin talks to Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News.
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A View Of Insurance Marketplace Problems From 4 States

Weeks after the online health insurance marketplaces opened, people are struggling to buy coverage. Mississippi and Alaska are depending on the federal government for their sites, and they haven't managed to sign up many people. California and Oregon built their own exchanges, but even those sites are having problems.
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Report: Meat Producers Ignore Pleas For Health, Environmental Reform

A commission evaluating the impacts of animal agriculture says the industry has resisted change. And it says government agencies have failed to regulate the industry's environmental and health practices because of "overwhelming" political influence.
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Therapists Explore Dropping Solo Practices To Join Groups

In the past, many psychotherapists ran their own little businesses. But changes in health care coverage mean that many must start accepting insurance and doing paperwork. That's leading some therapists to form group practices or join large medical groups — and may lead to better care for patients.
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Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat

In the battle against the bulge, lawmakers in Mexico are taking aim at consumers' pocketbooks. They're proposing a series of new taxes on high-calorie food and sodas. Health advocates say the higher prices will get Mexicans to change bad habits, but the beverage industry and small businesses are fighting back.
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A Toddler Remains HIV-Free, Raising Hope For Babies Worldwide

The news that a baby born HIV-positive in Mississippi stayed HIV-free even though her mother stopped giving her anti-retroviral drugs sparked skepticism earlier this year. But a new report says that the girl is still virus-free at age 3. This could jumpstart a global study on super-early treatment of HIV-positive newborns.
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It's Easy To Blame The Canadians For HealthCare.gov Problems

The company has stumbled, but it's probably not fair to blame CGI for the debacle of the HealthCare.gov project. CGI may have received the biggest paycheck, but it's just one of 54 subcontractors. The real problem may be a lack of clear direction from its client, the Obama administration.

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