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In Michigan, Businessmen And Politicians Agree On Medicaid

Michigan is one of only a handful of Republican-led states that is expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It did it by forging a plan that worked for Republicans, Democrats and business interests, as well as doctors and hospitals.
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Can Probiotics Help Soothe Colicky Babies?

As many as 15 percent of babies have colic, which can cause bouts of inconsolable crying. Researchers are testing probiotics to see if these good bacteria can help. But they don't know how the supplements work, or how they may affect children's health long term.
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In These Gyms, Nobody Cares How You Look In Yoga Pants

Going to the gym can be intimidating, especially for people who are obese and worry that people will judge them by their appearance. But more companies are catering to plus-sized exercisers with fitness centers that are just for them.
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Flying Doctors Nigeria Began As Female Pilot's Dream

Dr. Ola Orekunrin's dream of creating an air ambulance service in Nigeria was dismissed by many experts as impossible. But the young doctor and helicopter pilot refused to give up. Dr. Orekunrin tells host Michel Martin what it took to set up Flying Doctors Nigeria. This segment originally aired Dec. 5, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine that has become the gold standard. But there are more misses than hits.
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Linking Poverty And Poor Health

As Congress debates cuts to food assistance programs like SNAP benefits, some doctors and advocates for the poor say the study is further evidence that cutting food and other assistance programs leads to expensive health care crises.

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Diet Soda: Fewer Calories In The Glass May Mean More On The Plate

The latest evidence that artificially sweetened drinks may be making us hungrier? Heavier-set people who choose diet beverages are making up the calorie gap at meals and through snacks — especially sweet ones, researchers report.
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Is The Obamacare Website Not Spanish Friendly?

The federal healthcare website seems to be running more smoothly now, but many Spanish speakers are reportedly still struggling with it. Host Michel Martin finds out why from Laura Martinez of CNET en Espanol, and Daniela Hernandez of Kaiser Health News.
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One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames

Home wart-freezing devices can spark fires, the Food and Drug Administration warns, and people have been burned. People also can be injured by using these frostbite-inducing tools too enthusiastically, dermatologists say, damaging skin as a result.
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Surgeon General Adds New Risks To Long List Of Smoking's Harms

Cigarettes can cause erectile dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. The surgeon general's latest report says these newly recognized harms aren't limited to smokers. Secondhand smoke carries the risks to others and raises the risk of stroke by up to 30 percent.

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