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Treatment Gives HIV's Long-Term Survivors Hope, But Takes A Toll

AIDS has been around for long enough that some people have lived for decades with the HIV virus. But as they age, survivors face new challenges as complicated medication regimens have their own impact on health.
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Thriving Gut Bacteria Linked To Good Health

Aging people who cook with vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins at home have more kinds of gut bacteria, than those eating a bland nursing home diet, says a new study. Researchers say that in addition to digestion, these bacteria might also increase immune and cognitive functions during aging.
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Is HIV Still A Death Sentence? Young People Weigh In

Young Americans who came of age in a world with AIDS say worrying about HIV in 2012 isn't much different from worrying about other sexually transmitted diseases. But others say there isn't much discussion about the risks of the disease in their community.
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Eyes On Election, Governors Hedge On Health Care

At the annual National Governors Association meeting, health care is a hot agenda item. State leaders are at odds with one another over the Affordable Care Act, and some who oppose the law won't yet say whether they'll use federal funds to expand Medicaid programs.
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Pennsylvania Cuts Medicaid Coverage For Dental Care

Pennsylvania used to have broad coverage of dental care for Medicare beneficiaries. But cuts to the state budget have led the Medicaid program to cover only basic dental services.
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Challenges Ahead For Oregon's Health Exchanges

Oregon is one of the states that's furthest along in setting up its health insurance exchange. But the exchange's executive director, Rocky King, still has much work ahead if that state is to meet the federal deadlines that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz checks back in with King about the challenges Oregon faces to finish its exchange by 2014.

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