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NAACP Issues HIV-Aids Manual For Black Churches

African-Americans suffer some of the highest rates of HIV and Aids in the country. The NAACP says it's time for one of the most important institutions in the African-American community, the black church, to help combat those numbers. The NAACP has released a manual especially designed for clergy to assist in discussions about HIV-AIDS as a social justice issue with their parishioners.
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Black-Lung Rule Loopholes Leave Miners Vulnerable

An investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity has revealed widespread and persistent gaming of the system that's designed to measure and control the coal mine dust that causes the deadly disease.
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Texas Rejects Medicaid Expansion In Health Law

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced that he opposes the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the creation of state insurance exchanges. Melissa Block talks to Emily Ramshaw, editor at the Texas Tribune, for more on what Perry's announcement means for Texas.
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Why Silk May Be Added To Vaccines Someday

A protein in silk could help stabilize vaccines and medicines. Researchers at Tufts University have found a little bit of the protein can help preserve heat-sensitive medicines that usually require refrigeration.
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Teen Years Pose New Risks For Kids Born With HIV

Botswana's successful efforts against AIDS mean more HIV-positive children than ever are living into adolescence. But that brings with it new challenges, as kids who've been on antiretroviral drugs their whole lives enter the tumult of the teenage years — and face the specter of drug-resistant mutations.
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Court Gives States Ammunition In Health Care Battle

The Supreme Court's health ruling limited the federal government's power to withhold funding if states don't meet certain requirements. But it didn't draw a clear line between the types of financial conditions that are OK and those unfair to states. That's likely to lead to lawsuits.

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