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Medicaid Helps Washington, D.C., Clinic Care For Ex-Prisoners

After they are released, former prisoners often don't have jobs or health insurance. The federal health law's Medicaid expansion could change that soon, though. Some states and the District of Columbia are getting a head start.
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Canada Stops Its Defense Of Asbestos, As Quebec's Mines Close For Good

Canada has ended its longstanding resistance to an international treaty calling asbestos a dangerous material, in a decision that reflects a shift in the leadership of Quebec province, home of Canada's asbestos industry.
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Where There's 'Sexting,' There May Be Sex

About 15 percent of high schoolers with cellphones said they had sent sexually explicit texts or images, according to a survey in Los Angeles. More than half of the students reported knowing someone who sexted.
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Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

The role of government in health care is a hot-button political issue in today's debates. But a top surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital argues the most important reform needed is more transparency. Dr. Marty Makary describes how to make medicine more accountable.

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State Strategies For Controlling Medicaid Costs

Many states seek to partially implement Medicaid reforms of the Affordable Care Act. Please join us for a conversation on what changes in Medicaid rules could mean for state budgets, the federal deficit and the nation's poor.

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Weighing Politics At Work, Wife's Dementia At Home

Rushern Baker serves as County Executive for Prince George's County in Maryland. But two years ago, his role as a public official was transformed when his wife was diagnosed with early onset dementia. He speaks with host Michel Martin about caring for his wife and meeting his responsibilities as a public official.
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U.S. Kids Eat Nearly As Much Salt As Adults, Putting Health At Risk

Kids' high salt consumption is putting them at risk for illnesses linked to high blood pressure. The association between salt and blood pressure was highest in kids who are already overweight, the CDC says.

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