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State Health Care Marketplaces: Who Will Buy And Why

In three weeks, uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage through state health care exchanges. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss who will buy and why.

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Scientists Put A 'Sixth Sense' For Numbers On Brain Map

Ever wondered how Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man quickly counted all those toothpicks on the floor? Scientists have found a region of the brain that allows us to estimate quantities at a glance. Unlike Hoffman's Ray, though, most people are accurate up to only about five toothpicks.
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After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay

Federal lawmakers have been unable to solve a widely acknowledged problem with the formula used to set the pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients. Now, after a series of temporary patches, a bipartisan solution may be at hand.
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Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

The USDA has quietly ended a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The products won't require a country-of-origin label — which means there's no way to know whether those chicken nuggets in the freezer aisle came from a country with a spotty food safety reputation.
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Percentage Of U.S. Teens Using E-Cigarettes Doubles

The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes more than doubled form 2011 to 2012, according to a new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Sailors With Disabilities Find Freedom On The Water

Every week, a group of people with a range of disabilities hits San Francisco Bay. They sail using specially rigged boats; one woman controls her boat using only her chin. Sailing offers a sense of independence for the participants, some of whom are confined to wheelchairs while on land.
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How A Change In Gut Microbes Can Affect Weight

Mice that got microbe transplants from obese humans gained more weight and accumulated more fat than mice that received microbes from lean humans. The findings, though preliminary, suggest a future path for obesity treatment.
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Kids' Use Of Electronic Cigarettes Doubles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.78 million students in the U.S. have tried electronic cigarettes. Their use has risen dramatically in just one year.
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Fad Diets Will Seem Even Crazier After You See This

Fad diets seem that much more absurd when you can visualize exactly what they require you to eat. A photo series helps reinforce what medical researchers are saying: that the best diet is the one you actually stick with.
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Tuberculosis Hitched A Ride When Early Humans Left Africa

Tuberculosis is one of the oldest diseases in human history. Signs of the bacteria have even been seen in Egyptian mummies. Now scientists find evidence that TB is much more ancient than we thought. The bacteria may have started infecting people more than 70,000 years ago, long before farming began.

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