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As More Rural Hospitals Close, Advocates Walk To Washington

Millions of Americans rely on rural hospitals for emergency medical care. But in the last five years, these facilities have been shutting down more frequently than in previous years. A group of activists from across the country are walking nearly 300 miles from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. to draw lawmakers' attention.
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Science Fair Winner Designs Device To Cut Virus Spread On Planes

When 17-year-old Raymond Wang read about how easily some diseases spread on planes, he thought airlines could do better. So he went to work — and won $75,000 at the International Science Fair.
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MERS Is A Health Crisis With Political And Economic Costs

After a bungled initial response to the virus, South Korea's president has to win back public trust. Leaders are scrambling to keep the country's prized economy from struggling.
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Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

Pixar's animated fantasy takes viewers inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley. Psychologists say the film offers an accurate picture of how emotions and memories help make us who we are.
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As D.C. Heats Up, Advocates Urge Residents Not To Forget The Homeless

Homeless issues tend to be more in the forefront of people's minds in the winter, but that population is also particularly vulnerable on sweltering summer days. Here is how the public can help.
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What Babies Understand About Adult Sadness

Babies may show greater empathy toward adults who overtly show sadness, a study suggests, but the little ones also recognize sadness in people who keep a stiff upper lip.
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E-Cigarettes Banned In Montgomery County Bars, Restaurants

As of Friday, electronic cigarettes can no longer be used in bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. It's the first such indoor ban on "vaping" in the D.C. region.
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The Uninsured Rate Is Low, But Proving It's The Lowest Ever Is Tricky

President Obama hails the Affordable Care Act for driving the uninsured rate "to its lowest level ever." But changes in how the rate has been measured make historical claims difficult.
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Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Most people buying Obamacare plans next year are likely to face a small increase in the price of monthly premiums, early numbers suggest. A few plans are asking for steep price hikes, but that's rare.
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How Little Red Dots Could Help Women And Babies Stay Healthy

A nonprofit in India is using bindis to give women an extra boost of iodine — a micronutrient that's especially critical during pregnancy.

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