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2:39pm

Tue February 18, 2014
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Babies Who Eat Too Well May Be On The Path To Obesity

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:48 pm

It's great that he's going for the last piece of pasta. Or is it?
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Parents love it when their babies are good eaters, whether it's polishing off a bottle or happily grabbing bits of pasta. But researchers think babies who chow down with gusto might be setting themselves up for obesity later on.

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1:22pm

Tue February 18, 2014
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IVF Baby Boom: Births From Fertility Procedures Hit New High

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 3:05 pm

Sperm are placed inside the egg with a needle during a fertility treatment called intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
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More couples than ever are turning to in vitro fertilization to help build families.

In 2012, more than 61,000 babies were conceived with the help of IVF, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology reported Monday.

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8:34am

Tue February 18, 2014
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Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:02 pm

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Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide, even though the federal health law doesn't allow such exclusions, legal and government analysts say.

Yet patients or their loved ones often don't realize that.

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1:39am

Mon February 17, 2014
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Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New Baby

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 7:59 am

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

We're heading into the home stretch to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year. The open enrollment period ends March 31 for most people.

But there are exceptions. And they are the subject of many of our questions this month.

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1:37am

Mon February 17, 2014
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Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:59 pm

Kids as young as 13 purchase e-cigarettes, or "vape pens," online, where independent sellers don't necessarily ask a buyer's age.
Jenny Lei Bolario Youth Radio

Electronic cigarettes are often billed as a safe way for smokers to try to kick their habit. But it's not just smokers who are getting their fix this way. According to a survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 middle school students who've tried one say they've never smoked a "real" cigarette. And between 2011 and 2012, e-cigarettes doubled in popularity among middle and high school students.

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