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Biceps Curls And Down Dogs May Help Lower Diabetes Risk

Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of diabetes. But it looks like muscle-strengthening exercises help, too, according to the Nurses Health Studies. Even supposedly lighter forms of exercise like yoga and stretching reduced women's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
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Where In The World Is The Best Place For Healthy Eating?

Researchers ranked countries in terms of how easy it is to get a balanced, nutritious diet. The U.S. didn't even make the top 20, even though it has the greatest abundance of cheap food in the world. Western Europe nearly swept the top 10. Guess which country was No. 1?
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Feds Extend Coverage For People In High-Risk Insurance Pools

The insurance pool for people with expensive pre-existing conditions will stay open until the end of March, after another extension by the federal government. Starting this year, the Affordable Care Act bars insurers from rejecting people because of health problems, but they may need more time than originally thought to sign up for coverage.
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Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky

In a deal worth some $16 billion, Japanese beverage giant Suntory is buying Beam Inc., maker of Jim Beam bourbon and owner of well-known American brands such as Maker's Mark. Industry leaders say it's a reflection of bourbon's exploding popularity in Asian markets, but some wonder if the new owners will preserve bourbon's Kentucky heritage.
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Why The Youth Gap On Obamacare Exchanges Could Be A Yawner

Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people signed up for health insurance during the first three months that the new exchanges were open. Younger people are generally healthier, and their premiums tend to balance out insurers' outlays for older, sicker people.
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Stopgap Proposed For Maryland Residents Hampered By Health Care Exchange

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown went before a Maryland House committee Tuesday with a proposal that would offer Marylanders retroactive coverage if they ran into problems with the state's beleaguered health care exchange.

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Drug Tests Don't Deter Drug Use, But School Environment Might

Drug testing might keep kids on the straight and narrow, but it remains controversial. Students said their drug use was more influenced by their school's environment than by the threat of drug tests, according to a survey. But neither seemed to affect teenage drinking.
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The Young And Restless May Cause Drama For ACA

Young people account for less than one quarter of those who have enrolled in the health care exchanges. Their participation is considered crucial for the success of the Affordable Care Act, and so far it's low. The administration had been hoping for a higher figure, but it predicts that more 18- to 34-year-olds will sign up in the next three months. If that doesn't happen, insurers will likely raise premiums for 2015, and that could spell deep trouble for the health care program.
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Dying In The Digital Age: When Should The Conversation End?

An active conversation — and a hefty dose of outrage — is swirling on social media about the proper boundaries between public and private when it comes to illness and death. Lisa Adams, a stage 4 cancer patient, has been tweeting her experiences with the disease. Writers Bill and Emma Keller have derided her tweets as akin to "deathbed selfies." Melissa Block talks with Meaghan O'Rourke about how we treat dying in the digital age.
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Legislation Would Shift Mental Health Treatment Away From Virginia Jails

Virginia jails are the largest provider of mental health services in the state, but a new report says the care they're receiving is inadequate and more care options have to made available.

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