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Heroin Overdose Deaths Increase In Maryland

Heroin abuse is a "public health crisis" in Maryland, according to the state's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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Study: Price Shocks On Health Exchanges Appear Unlikely

A RAND Corp. analysis says the health overhaul won't lead to big price increases for insurance. In some states individual policies may cost a bit more, while in others the premiums will decline or remain about the same.
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A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

Age-related fumbles of memory are often feared as early signs of Alzheimer's dementia, but recent research confirms an important difference. The underlying biology of the two sorts of memory loss aren't the same. And the age-related form may be reversible someday.
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Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

Spices may add more than flavor to your food: Some harbor dangerous bacteria. Contamination has caused big outbreaks in the United States, and the FDA is looking into how to reduce the risk.
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Feds Say 'Unbanked' Can Buy Insurance With Prepaid Debit Cards

About a quarter of uninsured people eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay for health coverage don't have bank accounts. A new rule would require insurers to accept payments made many different ways, including by money order and prepaid debit card.
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How Money Worries Can Scramble Your Thinking

People are much worse at solving puzzles when they're first reminded of money problems, scientists say. Fretting about about finances can slow down your thinking as much as losing a night's sleep, researchers say.
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NFL, Retirees Reach $765M Settlement On Concussions Suits

More than 4,500 retired players had been part of the lawsuits. They claimed the league hadn't properly protected them over the years. In the settlement, the NFL does not admit any liability.
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Politician And Health Quality Guru Berwick Consults For U.K.

Dr. Donald Berwick ran Medicare and Medicaid right after the Affordable Care Act became law. Now he's running for governor of Massachusetts. But he hasn't left behind his work as a health quality oracle.
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NIH Director Francis Collins

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, joins Kojo in the studio.

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In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV

Treating sex workers infected with HIV can save their lives and reduce the odds that they will spread HIV to clients. To make it easier for prostitutes to get care, a university-run clinic in Johannesburg is located in a neighborhood where they work.

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