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Congress May Be Getting Its Own Obamacare Glitch Fixed

The Obama administration says it has solved a thorny issue that threatened the health insurance coverage of more than 10,000 congressional staffers. But critics say the administration is overstepping its legal authority.
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Medical Marijuana In The District

The first legal medical marijuana dispensary opened in the District last week, under some of the strictest oversight rules anywhere in the country. We explore what the District might learn from regulation around the country.

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Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence?

In one analysis, economists predict that extreme weather could boost the number of international conflicts by as much as 50 percent by 2050. Higher temperatures might also increase the rates of murder, rapes and domestic violence, they say because aggression seems to rise with the mercury.
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That Face-Lift May Buy You Only Three Years Of Youth

There's little research objectively measuring the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. In one study, people were considered by outside observers to be no more attractive after having face-lifts and other procedures, though they were judged to look a bit younger.
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FDA Approves Gluten-Free Label

The FDA's new rule says gluten-free food can't contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten. Most products on the market with the label already meet that standard.
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Smoking In America Today

An increasing number of Americans believe both public and private smoking should be illegal. The tobacco industry has taken notice by pushing electronic and lower-nicotine cigarettes. Meanwhile, new screening standards aim to save more smokers from lung cancer. Diane and her guests discuss the state of smoking in America today.

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A Mother And Son Live, And Cope, With Mental Illness

When she learned about last year's Newtown school shootings, Liza Long immediately thought of her own son. He has been diagnosed with multiple disorders and struggles with violent outbursts. The pair hope their story will help others better understand the needs of mentally ill young people.
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Acetaminophen Can Cause Rare, Serious Skin Disorders, FDA Warns

Medications can cause rare and dangerous allergic reactions. The FDA says that the popular painkiller acetaminophen can cause those reactions, too. The agency wants people to see a doctor quickly if they get a rash while using the drug.
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Victims Of Bullying Are More Likely To Be Arrested As Adults

Victims of bullies are more likely to be arrested and jailed as young adults than people who weren't bullied in childhood, a study finds. And young women are having more problems than young men.
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What Outbreak? Students Tune Out Tweeted Health Warnings

When an outbreak of pneumonia sickened 83 Georgia Tech students last fall, campus officials blanketed the campus with information about how to stop the infection's spread. Despite the barrage of information, many students surveyed a month later said they never got the word.

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