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California Trains Helpers To Meet Demand For Health Insurance

The California health exchange has focused on drumming up interest in coverage during the first month of operation. Certified enrollment counselors can barely keep up with the requests for assistance that are rolling in.
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Lack Of Medicaid Funding Cutting Off Primary Care For District Children

With Medicaid funds choked off due to the government shutdown, a significant number of children in the District are left without primary care.

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What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

Why is kissing found in practically every culture? A kiss can convey passion, love and, perhaps subconsciously, a veritable catalog of information about the worthiness of a potential mate. So much for romance.
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Web Glitches Hinder Mississippians Signing Up For Insurance

Mississippi is one of 34 states that has let the federal government run its health insurance exchange. It has had the same glitches and long wait times as other states. Despite the trouble, people are slowly signing up.
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California's Health Exchange Rollout Is Off To A Good Start

California opted to run its own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. That makes it one of only 16 states and Washington, D.C. to do so. Enrollment is going well, but some trained outreach workers are still waiting to be put to work.
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Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research

A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in scientific and medical research. The loss of specialty mice, many of which have genes that can cause them to develop versions of human diseases, is especially troubling to scientists — and expensive.
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Children's National Affected By Government Shutdown

The government shutdown will impact several D.C. primary care providers that depend on Medicaid funds to care for children.

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Starbucks Pours Money, And Health Hype, Into Pricey Juice

Starbucks is investing big bucks in its Evolution Fresh line of cold-pressed juices with a massive new factory. Food scientists say all the hype around premium juices may get some consumers to boost their fruit and vegetable consumption. But these pricier juices, they say, are no more nutritious than regular old fruits and vegetables.
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Catcher In The Fry? McDonald's Happy Meals With A Side Of Books

For two weeks in November, McDonald's will swap out the toys in its kids' meals for original books that have nutritionally focused themes. The fast-food giant's plunge into publishing has inspired some witty mock Mcbook titles. But critics of its marketing to kids aren't so amused.
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Want To Feel 5 Years Older? Just Take A Memory Test

How old you feel can affect your physical and mental health. Older people who took a memory test said they felt older after they took the test than they did before. But researchers say this age shift effect can be positive when older people are tested on something they're great at, like word puzzles.

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