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Obama Concedes Botched Insurance Website Rollout Cost Time

The Obama administration is asking for people who've been turned off by the government's problem-plagued insurance website to come back. Officials say the website is working better now, though it's still far from fixed.
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Why College Campuses Get Hit By Meningitis Outbreaks

Princeton University is asking students to get vaccinated with a shot not approved for use in the U.S. in an effort to stop a meningitis outbreak. Meningitis can be deadly, and it spreads in places where people are in close contact, like a dormitory or a prison.
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Mixed Messages On Cancelled Health Plans Leave Consumers Confused

Millions of Americans are trying to figure what to do now that their health insurance policies have been cancelled. The policies were cancelled because they didn't comply with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The president now says insurers who offered substandard policies can continue offering them for one more year. But most insurance companies are still figuring what to do, so it's very difficult for individuals to get reliable information, let alone make a decision.
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New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21

New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so.
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China Eases One Child Policy, What's Next?

After more than three decades, China announced it will ease its one child policy. For more on how the change affects families and the economy, host Michel Martin speaks with writer Jiayang Fan, dad David Youtz and Howard University professor Meirong Liu.
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This Slide Shows Why HealthCare.gov Wouldn't Work At Launch

Check out this "red team" review of HealthCare.gov by private consulting firm McKinsey & Co., months before the federal health insurance site launched. One slide in particular shows why its chances of success were low from the start.
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Spiritual Healers Keep Watch For Plague In Uganda

It can be tough to stop the plague from spreading in rural Uganda because most villages don't have medical doctors to diagnose the deadly infection. But healers and herbalists are common. A scientist has trained them to detect the illness and refer patients for modern treatment.
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Wisconsin Chooses Its Own Path To Overhaul Medicaid

Wisconsin is taking a unique path on Medicare. The state's Republican governor rejected federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage. But Wisconsin is also bringing more people into Medicaid while moving others to private insurance on the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
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Princeton To Distribute Meningitis B Vaccine

The vaccine has not been approved in the U.S. but an outbreak at the university prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend importing the vaccine.
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Latest Cholesterol Guidelines Invite Overtreatment, Critics Warn

Updated just last week by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the new guidelines are based on old data, some heart doctors say, and may overestimate the real risk of heart attack and stroke. That could result in overtreatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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