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Calif. Medical Center Offers Cure To Indigenous Language Barrier

Immigrants from Mexico don't always speak Spanish. Instead they speak indigenous languages. That's created huge communications problems but a hospital in Salinas has found a solution.
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Lessons Learned For 2015 From This Year's Obamacare Sign-Ups

More funding for in-person guidance could help ease confusion, say consumer groups. Beefing up education about each plan's relative costs would help, as would shifting open enrollment to tax-time.
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The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Childhood amnesia descends gradually — and later than you might think, researchers say. Many 7-year-olds have robust memories of experiences from when they were 3 or even younger.
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Wave Of Newly Insured Patients Strains Oregon Health Plan

Cheryl Stumph and her family haven't had health insurance for years. Now that they do, they plan to take make up for lost time. Pent-up demand for care is overwhelming an Oregon health plan.
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The Ebola Outbreak, Three Weeks In, Is Dire But Not Hopeless

In Guinea, an aggressive strain of the virus has claimed over 100 lives and invaded the capital city. But while it may take months to contain the outbreak, there already are survivors.
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Vaccinating Children: Who Gets To Decide?

Health officials are on edge after outbreaks of measles and whooping cough. Colorado lawmakers want to make it tougher for parents to opt out of immunizing their children. A panel of parents weigh in.
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Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift

The $31.3 billion given by wealthy nations, aid groups, charities, large foundations and others in 2013 reflects the shifting mix of donors backing international health projects, an analysis suggests.
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Nevada Offers Rare Deal: Year-Round Sales Of Health Plans

It is the only state to require insurers that sell individual plans outside the online marketplace to make coverage available to customers anytime.
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Avoiding The Nursing Home Ups The Risk Of Unwanted Medical Care

Two-thirds of older adults suffer from cognitive impairment or dementia in their last year of life, a study finds. That fact and being cared for at home increase the risk of aggressive treatment.
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Mouthwash And Poor Dental Hygiene May Up The Risk Of Oral Cancer

Freshening up your mouth with a regular rinse could come with a long-term health hazard. But cancer specialists are far more concerned about tobacco, alcohol and betel nut chewing.

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