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Medicare, Medicaid Must Change, Says Former Head

Donald Berwick resigned as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December. Berwick explains why he thinks much of the spending in the U.S. health care system is wasted, and the need to reform Medicare and Medicaid to improve coordination of care.
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Dirty Little Secret: Almost Nobody Cleans Contacts Properly

You might think you're keeping your contact lenses clean, but odds are you're failing miserably at that. Just 2 percent of people in a new study did a good job at lens care, though 85 percent said they had it all under control. That means a lot of people are at risk of serious eye infection.
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Insurers Often Don't Pay For Teen Weight-Loss Surgery

Adolescents covered by Medicaid may have an easier time getting weight-loss surgery paid for. The surgery costs upwards of $20,000 and it's not entirely clear which adolescents would benefit most from it.
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New Study Examines WWI Chemical Effects On NW D.C.

A wealthy NW D.C. neighborhood is the subject of a study that will examine the health effects of a WWI chemical test site buried within -- some residents say the research doesn't go far enough.

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The Impacts Of Long-Term Unemployment

The U.S. job market remains weak, leaving up to five million workers unemployed for a year or more. Read highlights of a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR that looks at the consequences of long-term unemployment and under-employment.
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French Lessons: Why Letting Kids Drink At Home Isn't Tres Bien

Growing evidence suggests that kids who are allowed to drink in the home are at greater risk of developing alcohol-related problems. That's unwelcome news in France, a nation known for its love of wine that's now grappling with a binge-drinking problem among teens.
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Road Rage: A Symptom Of Much More Than Bad Traffic?

It's not unusual for awful traffic conditions or incompetent driving to make some people really angry behind the wheel. But researchers say there may be a biological component to road rage — one that can be tempered with medication and, yes, time outs.

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