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1:44 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Don't Count On Travel Insurance To Cover Mental Health

That ticket might not be worth much if you have to cancel the trip due to a mental health issue.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:10 pm

It's bad enough to be sick at home in your own bed, but so much worse when on vacation.

People often buy travel insurance so they don't lose the money they spent on airfare and hotels if they can't travel due to illness. But if that illness happens to be a mental health issue, don't expect travel insurance to cover it.

And since mental health problems are so common, that means that a lot of people may be left holding the bag.

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Shots - Health News
12:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

When A Yoga Teacher Ticks You Off, Is It Rude To Walk Out?

Shut up and suffer, or split?
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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:32 pm

You've made a commitment to yoga to improve your health.

So there you are in class, with a teacher you've never had before. And while you're flipping your down dog, you realize you're not exactly flipping over the teacher.

Maybe the teacher is a yoga bully: "OK, everybody up for wheel! People in the back row, what's your problem?"

Maybe the teacher is making absurd claims about yoga ("Doing an inversion is like having a face-lift!").

Or it's hot yoga and you're thirsty and the teacher says, "Don't drink!" But ... you are really thirsty!

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Shots - Health News
4:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Obamacare Sign-Ups Show Wide Variation By State, Ethnicity

Lauren Farnsworth (left) and April Buell hand out literature in late March encouraging people to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 10:08 am

New numbers and demographic information released by the White House Thursday reveal some telling details about the 8 million people who selected new health insurance through HealthCare.gov and state marketplaces.

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Law
2:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 4:22 pm

A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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The Salt
5:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Mamma Mia! Italian Chains Make Fast-Food Fare Look Light

At 820 calories, Maggiano's tiramisu packs in more than the tiramisu served at Olive Garden (510 calories) or Macaroni Grill (690 calories). But it pales in comparison with the version served at Carrabba's, which has 1,060 calories.
Maggiano's

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:13 am

A Mediterranean diet is all the rage, but don't confuse this healthful pattern of eating for what you're likely to be served in popular Italian-style chains.

A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest finds some astronomical calorie counts at these restaurants. Not to mention sodium.

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Shots - Health News
4:35 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Doctors Think The Other Guy Often Prescribes Unnecessary Care

She ordered the test, not me.
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Three out of four physicians believe that fellow doctors prescribe an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week, a survey released Thursday finds.

The most frequent reasons that physicians order extraneous — and costly --medical care are fears of being sued, impulses to be extra careful and desires to reassure themselves about their assessments of patients, the survey said.

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new enrollment numbers released today
4:31 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oklahomans Pick Health Plans On New Insurance Markets

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More than 69,000 Oklahomans have picked health plans on the new insurance markets created by the federal health overhaul.

The federal government said Thursday that 69,221 Oklahomans signed up for a plan between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31.

Earlier enrollment numbers showed that only 32,882 Oklahomans had chosen a plan through March 1 — well below the Obama administration's goal of 84,000 enrollees in Oklahoma.

The new enrollment numbers released Thursday by the Obama administration said about 8 million Americans have picked a plan under the new federal health program.

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Health
3:54 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

New research could be promising for infertile men. Scientists were able to make immature sperm cells from skin cells. Their next challenge is to make that sperm viable.
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Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:46 am

Scientists reported Thursday they had figured out a way to make primitive human sperm out of skin cells, an advance that could someday help infertile men have children.

"I probably get 200 emails a year from people who are infertile, and very often the heading on the emails is: Can you help me?" says Renee Reijo Pera of Montana State University, who led the research when she was at Stanford University.

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Shots - Health News
3:40 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 7:47 am

Imagine if there were a virus that could get inside you and dial up your libido, so that you all of a sudden start mating more (more frequently and with more partners), so that the virus — the tricky, tricky, clever, little virus — could transmit itself through your lovemaking to somebody else, then somebody else, and somebody else after that.

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The Salt
2:10 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Here's The Scoop On Jackfruit, A Ginormous Fruit To Feed The World

Jackfruits grow on the branches and trunks of tall trees. You don't wait to harvest until they drop of their own accord — by that time, they'd be overripe.
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Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:31 am

It's not every fruit that gets its own international symposium.

Then again, the jackfruit is not your typical fruit. It's got a distinctive, musky smell, and a flavor that some describe as like Juicy Fruit gum.

It is the largest tree fruit in the world, capable of reaching 100 pounds. And it grows on the branches — and the trunks — of trees that can reach 30, 40, 50 feet. (Trunk-growing is a good thing because it reduces the odds of a jackfruit bopping you on the head.)

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