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Report: Cases Of Elderly Dementia To Nearly Triple By 2050

The worldwide population of older people in need of care for Alzheimer's and related diseases will reach 277 million by the middle of the century, the authors say.
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Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing

Every victim who arrived at a hospital alive survived the attack. But hospitals say the experience also revealed room for improvement, and they're about to share the lessons they learned at a national conference in Washington, D.C.
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Who Makes Up The 16 Million Households Who Get Food Stamps?

Close to 16 million American households — nearly 14 percent of households — receive food stamps. Who are they and how would a cut affect them? Robert Siegel puts those questions to Stacy Dean from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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Conservative Group To Young People: 'Opt Out' Of Obamacare

This fall the conservative group Generation Opportunity will fan out across college campuses to urge young Americans to be wary of Obamacare. The effort kicked off this week with some controversial and purposely creepy Web ads.
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'Mountain Dew Mouth' Is Destroying Appalachia's Teeth, Critics Say

The region has an alarmingly high incidence of rotted teeth, and heavy soda consumption is a big reason why, dentists and health advocates say. So they're beginning to target the food stamp program to ban recipients from buying soda with their vouchers.
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This Week On Metro Connection: The Navy Yard And Beyond

This week we reflect on Monday's shooting at D.C.'s Navy Yard, explore an interactive video aimed at helping veterans get jobs, and continue our series on the future of Smith Island.

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A Hospital Tells Police Where Fights Happen, And Crime Drops

People who show up wounded at a hospital often don't tell police. When a hospital in Cardiff, Wales, shared that information without naming names, the toll of violence dropped, and the city saved $11 million a year on health care and policing. Other British cities are adopting the program.
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Health Care Costs Are Projected To Outpace Economic Growth

Though the Obama administration says that the nation is entering a new era of lower health care spending, an analysis from the agency that oversees Medicare says probably not. Those economists say that health spending will escalate as the economy improves, as it has in past economic recoveries.
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Employers Trim Health Costs By Cutting Coverage For Spouses

As health costs keep rising, many firms are trying to run their benefits programs as leanly as possible. For some, that means not paying the claims of spouses who work for other companies. It costs more to insure the typical spouse than the typical employee, one analyst says.
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After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How To Treat Mentally Ill

Before the Navy Yard shooting, a spate of killings and assaults by mentally ill transients unnerved Seattle residents, prompting questions and discussion. This week's tragedy in Washington, D.C., has added extra energy to that debate.

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