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The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.
Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., say they have a tentative agreement to appropriate the subsidies for the next two years, restore money used to encourage people to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans, and make it easier for states to design their own alternative health care systems.

The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

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Author: Alison Kodjak
Posted: 17-10-2017
When Mike Moore was Mississippi's attorney general, he spearheaded the 50-state lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Now, he's trying to do the same thing against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

When Mike Moore was Mississippi's attorney general, he spearheaded the 50-state lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Now, he's trying to do the same thing against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Posted: 17-10-2017
President Trump's nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration pulled out amid controversy. This leaves Trump without a permanent heads at Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA. All the while, his promised declaration of a national emergency on opioids has yet to materialize.

President Trump's nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration pulled out amid controversy. This leaves Trump without a permanent heads at Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA. All the while, his promised declaration of a national emergency on opioids has yet to materialize.

Author: Tamara Keith
Posted: 17-10-2017
Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."
Macaques are social animals, whether in a group enclosure like this one at the Gelsenkircen zoo in western Germany, or in the wild. But many research monkeys are still housed in separate cages.

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

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Author: Nell Greenfieldboyce
Posted: 17-10-2017
Senators leading bipartisan health care talks say they have a deal to restore subsidies to insurers that President Trump announced last week that he was ending. But it's not clear whether it can pass.

Senators leading bipartisan health care talks say they have a deal to restore subsidies to insurers that President Trump announced last week that he was ending. But it's not clear whether it can pass.

Author: Susan Davis
Posted: 17-10-2017
Among the charges is conspiracy to distribute large quantities of fentanyl, a significant factor in the opioid crisis. Every year, thousands of Americans overdose on the drug.
Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces the indictment of two Chinese nationals for conspiring to distribute fentanyl in a news conference at the Justice Department on Tuesday.

Among the charges is conspiracy to distribute large quantities of fentanyl, a significant factor in the opioid crisis. Every year, thousands of Americans overdose on the drug.

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Author: Ryan Lucas
Posted: 17-10-2017
Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.
Dogs may not wash their paws compulsively, but some humans and canines have similar genetic mutations that may influence obsessive behavior.

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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Author: Angus Chen
Posted: 17-10-2017
With the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act fast approaching and the president pushing forward on his promise to dismantle it, what's at stake?

With the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act fast approaching and the president pushing forward on his promise to dismantle it, what's at stake?

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Posted: 17-10-2017
The Republican congressman from Pennsylvania is withdrawing days after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.
Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., was blamed in media reports for sponsoring a bill that the Drug Enforcement Administration had warned would hamper its ability to limit America

The Republican congressman from Pennsylvania is withdrawing days after reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.

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Author: Bill Chappell
Posted: 17-10-2017
David Greene talks to Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill about reports that President Trump's nominee to be the next drug czar, Republican Rep. Tom Marino, has deep ties to the drug industry.

David Greene talks to Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill about reports that President Trump's nominee to be the next drug czar, Republican Rep. Tom Marino, has deep ties to the drug industry.

Posted: 17-10-2017
Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.
Most employers are likely to continue paying for birth control for women. But there are exceptions.

Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

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Author: Michelle Andrews
Posted: 17-10-2017
There have been decades of progress in the fight against hunger. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story.
One of many grocery stores in Venezuela where the shelves are bare. Even in regions such as Latin America that do well overall, there are glaring exceptions, such as Venezuela, where political turmoil has created massive price inflation and food shortages.

There have been decades of progress in the fight against hunger. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story.

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Author: Nurith Aizenman
Posted: 17-10-2017
The festival has been blamed for cloaking New Delhi and other cities in an unhealthy haze, but the solution has drawn plenty of criticism.
Fireworks are set off on the eve of last year

The festival has been blamed for cloaking New Delhi and other cities in an unhealthy haze, but the solution has drawn plenty of criticism.

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Author: Julie McCarthy
Posted: 17-10-2017
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. It is often triggered by an underlying mental health issue.
Anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. Some schools are employing new strategies to help these students overcome their symptoms.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. It is often triggered by an underlying mental health issue.

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Author: Samantha Raphelson
Posted: 16-10-2017
"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.
Some people claim a late cup of coffee won

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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Author: Terry Gross
Posted: 16-10-2017