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Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Delayed

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it's delaying a key part of the Affordable Care Act. Businesses will now have another year to prove that they are providing health insurance — or that their employees otherwise have health insurance from some other source. Companies had complained that the reporting requirements to prove this were too complicated and burdensome.
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Curing Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis In Kids Takes Creativity

One of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world, tuberculosis is especially hard to diagnose and cure in children. Doctors in Tajikistan are altering treatments used for adults to cure kids with fewer side effects.
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'Heart Attack On A Hook': Meet America's 'Worst Restaurant Meal'

Long John Silver's Big Catch platter has plenty of fans. But the limited-time seafood dish is anything but healthful: The fish dish, complete with onion rings and hush puppies, comes in at a whopping 33 grams of trans fats — more than two weeks' worth, according to a nutrition watchdog group.
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Federal Rule Extends Subsidies For College Students

Although they may not have realized it, students enrolled at some of the country's top colleges lucked out last week when federal guidelines cleared up a situation that would have made them ineligible for subsidized health coverage.
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Savory And Sweet: A Taste For Infertility

The same genes that allow humans to sense sweet and umami flavors may play a key role in a man's reproductive fitness. Researchers found that inactivating these genes in mice can led to sterility of males.
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To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth

Traditional hearing aids can be too expensive for many people. But a new type that uses Bluetooth technology costs only about $300. The company that makes the new devices aims to reach millions of people around the world who need hearing aids but have trouble paying for them.
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Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime

Many violent crimes are hastily planned and poorly considered, researchers at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab find. Training troubled teens to slow down and put a more benign spin on what they imagine the other guy is thinking significantly reduced the kids' likelihood of committing a crime.
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Myths And Stigma Stoke TB Epidemic In Tajikistan

A family copes with tuberculosis in a place where a child infected with the illness may be shunned. Nurses are working hard to bring clean air and clear information to every home and every generation.
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How A Minority Biking Group Raises The Profile Of Cycling

Minority cycling groups are forming all over the country. One in Washington, D.C., in particular, is trying to change the perception of just who is a cyclist.
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Guidelines Aim To Clear Confusion Over Ear Tubes For Kids

Many young children get surgery for ear tubes to prevent infections, but it can be hard to figure out which children will benefit. The first guidelines on when children need tubes could help reduce the confusion.

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