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Bargain Over Fiscal Cliff Brings Changes To Health Care

Health care has been a major focus in recent budget battles. New legislation provides a temporary fix in payments for doctors, but it will be paid for by a decade of cuts to hospitals. And a program for long-term-care insurance won't ever get off the ground.
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You Can't See It, But You'll Be A Different Person In 10 Years

People generally fail to appreciate how much their personality and values will change in the years ahead — even though they recognize that they have changed in the past, according to fresh research.
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Mental Health Training Pushed By Virginia Lawmakers

Virginia delegates are signalling their intention to pursue funding that would help train school officials and human service workers how to handle people with mental illnesses.

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Utah And 6 Other States Get Feds' OK To Run Insurance Exchanges

Utah's unorthodox health insurance exchange got conditional approval from the Obama administration. Six other states with more conventional approaches to running health insurance marketplaces also received provisional OKs.
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For Many Kids, Winter Break Means Hungry Holidays

Most kids look forward to their school's winter break. But millions of students in the U.S. get free or reduced-price meals at school, and when school is closed, many of those children eat less until classes are back in session.
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Pap Tests For Cervical Cancer Are Often Wasted

Too many women who don't need regular Pap tests are still getting them. Other women who could benefit from the tests aren't getting them, often those are women without health insurance.
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Fire Risk Leads Praxair To Recall Grab 'n Go Oxygen Tanks

Praxair has recalled its Grab 'n Go Vantage portable oxygen units. Turns out that if these cylinders get kicked or knocked over they can sometimes catch fire. The company is replacing o-rings between the built-in pressure valve and gas tank.

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