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Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea?

It smells like vinegar and tastes like spoiled cider. But fans of the fermented tea say that kombucha helps fight off diseases and aging. Sounds fantastical? Well, it probably is. At this point, scientists still know little about kombucha's health effects.
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Maryland Health Officials Seeking Public Input On Medicare Agreement

The public can provide comments on a new plan that would affect how hospital costs are paid under Maryland's unique Medicare waiver agreement.

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'Navigator' Helps ER Patients Who Don't Need Emergency Care

As a "patient navigator," nurse Wendy Shindler sorts out ER patients who don't need emergency care from those who do. The goal is to achieve better care at a lower cost, but you tell us: Should emergency rooms be able to turn more people away?
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The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

The new federal health law has a few exemptions from its insurance mandate, including health care sharing ministries. Members pay a monthly fee to help cover some of each other's medical costs — but there are no guarantees.
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House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay

House Republicans late Saturday prepared to pass a government funding bill that would include a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare. But the White House said President Obama would veto the House measure, on the unlikely chance it made it through the Senate.
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After A Cancer Diagnosis: Palliative Care And The Evolution Of The Doctor-Patient Relationship

New advances in chemotherapy and personalized medicine have revolutionized cancer treatment. But they also raise difficult questions for patients, doctors and health systems.

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Washington Region Prepares For Health Care Exchange Rollout

Health care experts from around the region explain the local impact of the health care rollout.

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Why Brain Surgeons Want Help From A Maggot-Like Robot

While watching TV, a neurosurgeon got the idea for a robot that would help minimize collateral damage during operations to remove tumors. Now he and colleagues at the University of Maryland are making progress on a wormy robot that could be ready for testing in humans in a few years.
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The Federal Government Shuts Down

Diane and her guests discuss the politics of the government shutdown and budget battles in Washington.

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Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs.

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