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Medicare To Cover Weight Loss Counseling

Medicare has announced that it will pay for primary care providers to counsel obese patients on losing weight and maintaining the weight loss. Medicare will pay doctors, nurses and physicians' assistants to help plan weight loss programs.
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Many Women Underestimate Fertility Clock's Clang

A new survey finds that while women understand that fertility declines with age, they dramatically underestimate by how much. Infertility experts say the increasing number of older women having babies — often through extensive fertility treatments — can provide a false sense of comfort.

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States Fail In Fight Against Sex Trafficking

A new report finds that too many states inadvertently provide safe havens when it comes to sex trafficking — even when children bear the consequences. The study graded states on how well they protect children who are pushed into the sex trade and punish adults who use those services. More than half of states got grades of D or F.
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What A Lack Of AIDS Funding Could Mean For Africa

The world's largest supporter of AIDS programs says it is well short of its fundraising goals because of the global financial crisis. The announcement by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has raised concern about the future for AIDS patients on World AIDS Day.
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Frugal Fine Fare: Tips For Three-Course Meals On Less Than $5

Chef Michel Nischan is no stranger to posh nosh. But last night, he demonstrated how to prepare a flavorful, seasonal three-course meal for just $4.50 a person.
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Medicare Offers Expanded Coverage To Battle Expanding Waistlines

Medicare will now cover screening and counseling for obesity as a free preventive service. Advocates hope the decision will encourage private insurers and Medicaid to do the same.
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Health Law's Popularity Rises ... Ever So Slightly

After hitting an all-time low in October, support for President Obama's signature health overhaul law seems to have rebounded — at least among Democrats. Overall, the law still has more detractors than backers, and a lot of people still aren't clear on what it does and doesn't do, a new poll finds.

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