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Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues

Tea Party Patriots are making a push for Congress to defund the new health care law as part of debates over the budget and funding the federal government. On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Tea Party activists have scheduled an afternoon gathering to rally support for cutting off funding for the health law often referred to as Obamacare.
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During Katrina, 'Memorial' Doctors Chose Who Lived, Who Died

With waters rising and their hospital on the verge of losing power, Memorial Medical Center staff were faced with an ethical question: Who to save first? Sheri Fink reconstructs their decisions — from hastening patients' deaths to evacuating the sickest last — in Five Days at Memorial.
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How Expansion Will Change The Look Of Medicaid

When many states ease eligibility rules for Medicaid in January, the new enrollees are likely to include more men, whites and people in generally good health.
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Smartwatch Is Next Step In 'Quantified Self' Life-Logging

Smartwatches are capturing imaginations because of what they can measure about their wearers. A watch touches your skin, so it can take your pulse, measure your temperature and record the quality of your sleep.
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Of D.C. Pregnancies, An Estimated 70 Percent Are Unintended

Pregnancies aren't always planned — especially if you live in the District. A new report says D.C. has the highest rate of unintended pregnancies in the nation.

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Microbe Transplants Treat Some Diseases That Drugs Can't Fix

When an especially nasty intestinal bug threatened 86-year-old Billie Iverson, an unusual transplant saved her. The medical solution, still experimental, was to replace her dangerous digestive bacteria with a healthier mix of microbes.
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Scrutiny Of 'Molly' Party Drug Increases After 4 Deaths

A recent string of deaths in the Northeast from a drug known as Molly has authorities looking into whether a bad batch is to blame. Molly, a purified form of the drug known as Ecstasy, can be as easy to get — and as cheap — as a six-pack of beer.
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Why Younger Women Could Benefit From Mammograms After All

Women who died of breast cancer were less likely to have had a mammogram in the past two years, researchers found. That was particularly true among younger women. Even though breast cancer is rarer in the young, the tumors can be more aggressive.
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Think Before You Ink: DC's Proposed 24-Hour Tattoo Wait Period

Last week, the D.C. Department of Health proposed new regulations that would require a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos. We explore the myriad proposed changes to tattoo and piercing regulations.

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Hunger In The U.S.

Food insecurity remains at near-record levels for the fifth straight year, with one in five American children at risk of hunger.

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