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10:06am

Thu October 24, 2013
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A View Of Insurance Marketplace Problems From 4 States

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:33 am

Despite major problems with health exchanges, a few people have been able to sign up for insurance.
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As snafus with the federal health insurance website have multiplied, some states are making halting progress getting people signed up for coverage. But the picture isn't pretty.

Mississippi and Alaska are depending on the federal government for their sites, and they haven't managed to sign up many people. California and Oregon built their own exchanges, but even those sites are having problems. Here is a roundup from NPR member stations in those four states.

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1:16am

Thu October 24, 2013
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Therapists Explore Dropping Solo Practices To Join Groups

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:26 am

The goals of therapy remain the same, but the business side is undergoing big changes.
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In the corporate world of American health care, psychologists and other mental health therapists are still mostly mom-and-pop shops. They build their own solo practices, not unlike Lucy in the Peanuts comic strip gang who hung her own shingle: "Psychiatric Help, 5 [Cents] — The Doctor Is In."

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3:21pm

Wed October 23, 2013
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A Toddler Remains HIV-Free, Raising Hope For Babies Worldwide

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:31 pm

HIV-positive babies rest in an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Treatment right after birth may make it possible for HIV-positive newborns to fight off the virus.
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A 3-year-old girl born in Mississippi with HIV acquired from her mother during pregnancy remains free of detectable virus at least 18 months after she stopped taking antiviral pills.

New results on this child, published online by the New England Journal of Medicine, appear to green-light a study in the advanced planning stages in which researchers around the world will try to replicate her successful treatment in other infected newborns.

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2:05pm

Wed October 23, 2013
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Why Postponing Insurance Mandate Is No Easy Fix For Obamacare

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:57 pm

Patrick Lamanske, of Champaign, Ill., works with Amanda Ziemnisky (right), of the Champaign Urbana Public Health District, to try to sign up his wife, Ping, for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1.
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The Obama administration has entered full damage-control mode over the balky website intended to enroll people in new health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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10:47am

Wed October 23, 2013
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FDA Asks Dog Owners For Help With Illnesses Linked To Jerky

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 10:11 am

Jerky treats for dogs and cats have been linked to pet illnesses and deaths. But it's still unclear what is causing the problems.
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The Food and Drug Administration has a mystery on its hands.

Thousands of dogs and at least 10 cats have become sick after eating various forms of jerky for pets over the past few years. Some 580 animals have died, the agency says. But it's not sure why.

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