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Under Health Law, 'No-Cost' Birth Control Starts Today

As of Aug. 1, insurers must offer a wide array of women's preventive health services at no upfront cost. Most of the coverage isn't controversial — except the contraception requirement, which is still the subject of legal challenges.
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D.C. Abortion Bill Defeated In U.S. House

A Congressional bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in D.C. was defeated in the U.S. House, a development which was cheered by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Nortion.

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Self-Service Kiosks Poised To Change Health Care

Self-service kiosks have become part of daily life for many people. We use them to get our boarding passes at the airport, to check out at the grocery store and to rent movies. Now some industry watchers predict they could fundamentally change the way we get our healthcare. A pilot project in New Hampshire aims to pump up the number of potential bone marrow donors.
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Democrats All Smiles As Women's Health Care Provisions Kick In

Area Democrats are ecstatic as provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect Wednesday that will provide preventative health services to women at no cost to those covered by most insurance plans.

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NIH Official Calls For Extension Of Moratorium On Bird Flu Experiments

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said public discussions about controversial bird flu experiments are needed before a moratorium on them can be lifted.
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As Ebola Cases Rise In Uganda, Health Workers Seek To Contain Virus

Since the World Health Organization reported an Ebola outbreak in Uganda on Saturday, the number of cases has risen to 36 from 20. The cases remain limited to a small area in western Uganda. An international team is on the scene to identify the source and contain the outbreak.
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Distractions Come Naturally To Teenage Drivers

The prefrontal cortex, the brain's executive control center, develops more slowly than the limbic system, which controls arousal and reward. The mismatch makes it harder for teens to maintain concentration behind the wheel.

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