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Virginia To Decide On Future Of State's Medicaid

Virginia lawmakers must decide what kind of health insurance exchange to use in the Commonwealth.

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O'Malley Appoints Head Of Governor's Office for Children

Maryland has a new head of the Governor's Office for Children.

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This Is How Diabetes Swept The Nation

Back in 1995, about 4.5 percent of adults in the U.S. had been diagnosed with diabetes. By 2010, the prevalence had zoomed to 8.2 percent. An interactive map shows how much worse diabetes has become in less than a generation.
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Anxiety Disorder Complicates NBA Player's Career

Audie Cornish speaks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about basketball player Royce White. He suffers from an anxiety disorder that greatly impacts his ability to perform as a member of the Houston Rockets. The team, which at first was supportive of helping him deal with his problem, is now thinking of sending him down to its D-league team.
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Beer, Wine And Spirits: When Counting Our Liquid Calories, Are We Honest?

Despite the perception that Americans are a bunch of boozers, a new study shows men in their 20s and 30s take in about 175 calories a day in alcohol; for women, it's about 60 calories. Still, the government warns, it's a little more than we should be imbibing on a daily basis.
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Mental Disorders And Evolution: What Would Darwin Say About Schizophrenia?

Given the pressure of evolution, why have genes behind schizophrenia, autism and others disorders persisted? A study that looks at the likelihood someone is to have kids tries to figure it out.
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James Watson: The Double Helix and Beyond

In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick pieced together the structure of DNA — "the now-famous double helix. To celebrate the release of a new annotated and illustrated edition of his 1968 book, The Double Helix, James Watson reflects on the groundbreaking discovery.
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Global Fund Moves To Discontinue Project Subsidizing Malaria Drugs

After months of debate, the Global Fund announced plans to wind down a controversial pilot project that subsidizes malaria drugs in Africa. Some health workers in the U.S. fault the decision, saying it doesn't address the major challenges of treating malaria in poor countries.

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