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Shutdown May Force Health Clinic To Turn Away Patients

Local health clinics depend on reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare, but in D.C., the shutdown is cutting off those payments.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Shutdown City

As the partial government shutdown slogs through its second week, we'll look at the ripple effects on our region's residents and businesses.

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As Health Insurance Choices Multiply, Buyers Face Challenges

Some brokers and insurers are selling policies approved for the new exchanges along with traditional health coverage. Subsidies will be available only for the plans that got the OK for sale on exchanges. Sorting through the options won't be simple.
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Virginia Officers To Receive Mental Health Training

Through a Medicaid fraud settlement, Virginia law enforcement now have new funds for training officers to work with those who have mental health issues.

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Challenge To Virginia Abortion Regulations Goes Forward

The strict abortion regulations recently implemented in Virginia have been subject to a challenge in an Arlington court, and it could have consequences for the gubernatorial election.

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Why Scientists Held Back Details On A Unique Botulinum Toxin

Journal editors would usually require researchers to disclose the genetic sequences needed to make a toxin that is the subject of a scientific paper. But the requirement was waived in the case of a new botulinum toxin because of the security risk.
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High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field

More than 1 million high school boys play football in the U.S. With a growing body of evidence linking the sport with chronic brain injury, some schools are trying to change how teams play and practice — but they have a long way to go.
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Even Mild Strokes Take A Toll On Quality Of Life

Doctors know who's had a stroke, but they often know a lot less about those people's quality of life afterward. A study of the long-term effects finds that even people with very mild strokes report declines in their quality of life. Anxiety about another stroke and the need for ongoing medical care are two factors.
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Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

The modern history of treating mental illness in America: Why the U.S. fails to meet the needs of so many people suffering from mental illness and what can be done about it.

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Activists Sue U.N. Over Cholera That Killed Thousands In Haiti

A cholera outbreak in Haiti was likely triggered by United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed there after a 2010 earthquake. A human rights groups wants the U.N. to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak and to compensate Haitian families.

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