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Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Subsidies created by the health law to help workers buy their own coverage and steady increases in companies' insurance costs have made it easier for them to decide to discontinue health insurance.
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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.
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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.
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Gritty Ganta: The Liberian Town That Can't Catch A Break

Bedraggled Ganta sprawls over red-dirt hills. Buildings destroyed in the civil war have not been rebuilt. And now the border town is suffering again in the battle against Ebola.
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A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

They parade in swimsuits. They swan in evening gowns. And they bring global health issues into the spotlight.
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Confusion Over Job-Based Insurance Can Shortchange Consumers

Some consumers mistakenly think that having access to skimpy coverage at work means they won't qualify for subsidies if they are interested in a more complete policy on the health care exchanges.
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Poo And You: A Journey Into The Guts Of A Microbiome

Quick and inexpensive genetic sequencing is offering a glimpse of the microbes inhabiting our bodies. One woman volunteered to have her microbes cataloged. Her mom, husband and dog did, too.
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What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.
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What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?

Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up.
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Medical Mystery: Why Did Ebola Pop Up In A Remote Mining District?

Just over a week ago, officials in Sierra Leone noticed data suggesting an ominous trend: Ebola suddenly seemed to be spreading in Kono District, a land of towering mountains and muddy diamond mines.

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