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Assisted Living Facilities And Standards Of Care

Unlike nursing homes, assisted living communities are not subject to federal regulations. Diane and her guests explore the history of the industry and new questions about the care these facilities provide.

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Female Genital Mutilation On The Decline, But Still Too Common

The most comprehensive survey on female genital mutilation and cutting finds the practice has decreased in more than half of the countries where it persists. But in parts of eastern Africa, about 90 percent of girls still undergo the abusive procedure.
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Obama Turns To Comedians To Promote Health Coverage

After being spurned by the NFL, the Obama administration is wooing Jennifer Hudson, Amy Poehler and other big names in entertainment for help in getting younger people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It's a strategy used in the 2008 and 2012 elections.
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Time To Get Out Of The High-Risk Health Insurance Pool?

Some states plan to close their high-risk insurance pools in 2014. But new options under the Affordable Care Act are likely to offer lower premiums and lower deductibles, insurance specialists say.
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New and Old Research on Vitamin Supplements

A growing body of research shows that for most people with a normal diet, taking vitamins may do nothing at all -- and overdoing it can even be harmful. We explore the risks and benefits of taking your vitamins.

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Unusual Tick-Borne Virus Lurks In Missouri's Woods

Last year, virologists traced the mysterious illness of two Missouri farmers to a virus never seen before. Now, scientists have found the so-called Heartland virus in ticks. The discovery means the U.S. has another tick-borne illness on its hands — and "another reason to avoid getting bit."
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Thursday Is Autism Night Out With Montgomery County Police

This Thursday Montgomery County Police will host an event highlighting steps that parents of autistic children can take to ensure that they remain safe if they wander off.

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A Scientist Debunks The 'Magic' Of Vitamins And Supplements

Physicians are partly to blame for the increasing popularity of untested treatments, says Dr. Paul Offit. Rather than pushing back against misguided patient demand, he says, doctors have "acted like waiters at a restaurant, simply asking, 'What would you like?' "
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Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease

A new study finds that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast.
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Can Elderly Patients With Dementia Consent To Sex?

Bryan Gruley, reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News, talks with Melissa Block about his two-part feature story on sex and nursing home patients with dementia. One key question is whether those with dementia are truly able to consent. How nursing homes deal with this, or not, is increasingly becoming an issue as baby boomers enter nursing homes.

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