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Explaining Health Care Exchanges

If health care exchanges have you confused, you're not alone. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to health reporter Mary Agnes Carey about the next phase of the Affordable Care Act.
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Child Safety: Stranger Danger Warning Needs Updating

'Stranger Danger' used to be the mantra parents taught their kids to keep them safe. But now we're learning that strangers aren't the main problem - children are usually harmed by people they already know. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks child safety with a roundtable of experts and parents.
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Same-Sex Couples Seeking Insurance Wait For IRS Rules

When it comes to health insurance, will the Internal Revenue Service look at where a same-sex married couple lives or where they were married? The decision could affect their health insurance costs.
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Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

The Affordable Care Act sets up categories of essential health benefits that insurance plans must cover. Some categories, such as maternity care and drug abuse treatment, are straightforward. But "habilitative services" — including treatments like physical and speech therapy — are much more subjective.
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Patients Can Pay A High Price For ER Convenience

Free-standing emergency rooms, separate from hospitals, are popping up across the country. Many look like urgent-care centers, but the ERs charge much more. Many consumers don't realize the difference until they get the bill.
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Dementia Test Tweaked For Gen X: Hirohito Out, Oprah In

People famous to one generation may be unknown to another. Getting an accurate diagnosis of dementia for younger patients may require a test that includes the faces of younger celebrities, researchers say.
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Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase in electrical activity in the brain associated with consciousness. As the brain struggles to survive, it also struggles to make sense of many neurons firing in the survival attempt.
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In Rural Uganda, Homemade Bikes Make The Best Ambulances

A Ugandan who has studied engineering in the U.S. is working to solve medical transportation problems in his homeland. A nonprofit he founded is helping villagers build bicycle ambulances from scrap metal.
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Are We Ready For A Massive Aging Population?

America's population is aging at a rapid rate: 20 percent of the country will be 65 or older by the year 2050. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with experts about how the aging population will affect the American landscape.
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New Muscle Drugs Could Be The Next Big Thing In Sports Doping

From human growth hormone to EPO, many sports doping products these days come from big drug companies, not rogue chemists. Scientists and body builders warn that new drugs being developed to treat muscle wasting disease will also likely be abused by athletes — with little chance of detection.

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