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12:57am

Thu November 7, 2013
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How The Affordable Care Act Pays For Insurance Subsidies

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 1:44 pm

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The new health care law will provide around $1 trillion in subsidies to low- and middle-income Americans over the next decade to help them pay for health insurance.

Johanna Humbert of Galien, Mich., was pleasantly surprised to discover that she qualifies for an insurance subsidy, since her current plan is being canceled. Humbert makes about $30,000 a year, so she'll get a subsidy of about $300 a month. The new plan is similar to her current one, but it will cost $250 — about half of what she pays now.

But where will the money come from to pay for subsidies like these?

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3:17pm

Wed November 6, 2013
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IVF Doesn't Raise Overall Risk For Childhood Cancers

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 7:51 pm

Tina Nevill of Essex, England, holds Poppy, who was conceived by in vitro fertilization. The U.K.'s health system records all IVF cycles performed in the country.
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Children who were conceived with in vitro fertilization have the same overall chance of developing childhood cancers as those conceived naturally, scientists reported Wednesday.

"It's a reassuring finding," says pediatrician Alastair Sutcliffe of University College London, who led the study. "It's a bellwether to the future health of these kids as they grow up."

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11:46am

Wed November 6, 2013
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Babies' Immune Systems May Stand Down To Let Good Microbes Grow

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 1:27 pm

He's not just getting a cold. He's building his microbiome.
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Here's possible solace for parents who are up at night with a baby who gets sick all the time: There appears to be a good reason why infant immune systems don't fight off germs.

A newborn's immune system is deliberately not doing battle with every germ that comes along so that "good" microbes have a chance to settle in, researchers say. That explanation is at odds with the widely held belief that those new immune systems are just too weak to do the job.

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10:03am

Wed November 6, 2013
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A New Look At An Old Epilepsy Drug Yields Treatment Clue

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:38 pm

In epilepsy, the normal behavior of brain neurons is disturbed. The drug valproic acid appears to help the brain replenish a key chemical, preventing seizures.
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About one-third of people with epilepsy aren't helped by existing drugs.

But a commonly prescribed medicine used for almost 50 years to treat the disorder has revealed new information about how the disorder works that could lead to improvements in treatments.

That drug, valproic acid, is used to treat epilepsy, migraines and bipolar disorder. It's the active ingredient in drugs like as Depakote or Depakon, among other names.

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8:48am

Wed November 6, 2013
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How Pictures Of Infant Boy's Eyes Helped Diagnose Cancer

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 7:51 pm

A milky eye can be a sign of early cancer of the retina.
Courtesy of Bryan Shaw

Bryan Shaw never expected to write a research paper about a rare eye cancer.

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