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In Pregnancy, What's Worse? Cigarettes Or The Nicotine Patch?

Everybody knows that you're not supposed to smoke while you're pregnant because it's bad for the baby. But nicotine patches often used to help women quit may pose a risk too, researchers say. Other forms of nicotine replacement may do less harm.
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Colorado Ads Use Sex And Alcohol To Sell Health Insurance

Young healthy people are critical to making the new insurance marketplaces work. A Colorado advertising campaign pushes the boundaries of taste as it tries to persuade young people to click on a link for the decidedly unsexy topic of health insurance.
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Caring For A Schizophrenic Son, Worrying About The Future

Mental health is in the spotlight this week after former Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed by his son, who then killed himself. In the Sunday Conversation, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gary Mihelish about caring for and advocating on the behalf of a child with a severe mental illness.
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'Catastrophic Care' In America's Health System

David Goldhill, president and CEO of the Gameshow Network, became an authority on health care after his father died unnecessarily in a hospital and he launched a personal investigation to find out why. His book, Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know About Health Care Is Wrong, just came out in paperback. Host Scott Simon asks Goldhill his opinion on the Affordable Care Act.
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Obamacare Offers New Ways To Invest

The Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape, and venture capitalists see new ways to invest in the industry's future. Host Scott Simon speaks with Annie Lamont, a health care venture capitalist, about the future of health care.
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More Children Are Being Medicated For ADHD Than Before

The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been rising since the 1990s. Now, the CDC reports that two-thirds of children with a current diagnosis are being medicated — a jump of 28 percent from 2007 to 2011.
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White House Pushes Next Year's Health Plan Sign-Ups Later

The Obama administration is shifting the start date of next year's sign-ups for health insurance from October to November. That gives insurance companies more time to prepare. But it also conveniently moves potential bad news about premium increases until after the midterm elections.
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On State Heatlh Exchanges, Some Successes, Some Failures

While the federal health insurance exchange website has been a technical disaster since its rollout, 14 states and the District of Columbia have their own health marketplace web portals independent of HealthCare.gov. The results have been mixed.
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This Is What America's School Lunches Really Look Like

The days of mystery meat are far from over in the nation's school cafeterias. That's judging by an online project assembling thousands of photos of school lunches submitted by students from across the nation. But it's not all bad news: The images also show that in some cafeterias, change has already arrived.
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Eye Makeup Used To Protect Children Can Poison Them Instead

When an Afghan toddler in Albuquerque was tested for lead at preschool, the child's blood levels were off the charts. A baby's brother's was, too. Why? It turns out that kajal, a traditional eyeliner used by the family, was 54 percent lead. It's a reminder of the health hazards posed by traditional cosmetics.

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