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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."
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Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

A Houston internist who supported the Affordable Care Act now finds that many of her patients who bought less expensive coverage have trouble getting the specialized care they need.
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Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

A bill to require employers to pay for birth control did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate. The vote may have been held largely to put GOP senators on record on the issue.
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Not So Offal: Why Bone Soup, A 'Perfect Food,' Tastes So Meaty

After a taste of Singaporean sup tulang, we felt compelled to unpack what makes marrow so profoundly delicious. A biochemist says its unique combination of volatile compounds create a wallop of umami.
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Nepalis Treat This Peace Corps Volunteer Like Justin Bieber

And that's not necessarily a good thing. Our blogger reveals the darkly funny side of being a local celebrity who's trying (and not always succeeding) to improve health, nutrition and income.
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Death, Sex And A Glimmer Of Hope: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone

How does a town cope with Ebola? One man tries to honor his mother's burial wishes, despite objections. People are afraid to touch. Despite the gloom, there's a hopeful note: Five patients are cured.
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Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

The measure is unlikely to pass, however, they are hoping to give Democrats a boost in contested states this fall by getting single female voters fired up to head to the polls.
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West African Villagers Fear Ebola Will Escape From The Grave

Since the outbreak began last March, more than 600 people have died. This mounting death toll is presenting families and health authorities with a grim new problem: What do you do with the bodies?
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Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

Stinking on the job is a common problem, say pros in human resources, and a reluctance to use soap and water is rarely to blame. Medical conditions, diet or cultural differences can play a role, too.
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Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager

Being the parent of a teenager can be uniquely stressful even in the best of times. But seeking advice from other parents can help, as can spending one-on-one time with that button-pushing kid.

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