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McAuliffe Legacy At Stake In Special Session On Medicaid Expansion In Virginia

Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond through Friday, and the big question is whether Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be able to deliver on his campaign promises working with a Republican legislature.

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
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The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

Dr. Kent Brantly, an American Ebola survivor, tells NPR what it was like to suffer from the deadly and "humiliating" disease.
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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.
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Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.
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Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

Nonprofits have an important role to play in fighting Ebola, Obama said yesterday. Indeed, they are now donating millions, dispatching doctors and sending over critical supplies.
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Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.
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How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.
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Majority Of Virginians Support Medicaid Expansion, According To Poll

Nearly two-thirds of Virginians support expanding Medicaid in Virginia, according to a new poll released this morning, but they are also skeptical whether the federal government can pay its share.
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Will Obama's Plan Bring The Ebola Outbreak Under Control?

The ambitious scope of the intervention has impressed aid workers, who have been crying for help for months. But the plan will need to be implemented quickly to get ahead of the spread of infections.

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