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1:19pm

Tue July 22, 2014
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As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 8:42 am

Walt Whitman High School's Caroline Schweitzer runs through a host of Severna Park High School defenders during a semifinal game in Maryland's Class 4A/3A lacrosse tournament in May.
Toni L. Sandys The Washington Post/Getty Images

Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.

Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a survey conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association/Physical Activity Council. At the same time participation in baseball, basketball, football and soccer has either stagnated or declined.

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12:05pm

Tue July 22, 2014
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How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 6:32 am

If you were a cricket, this little fly would make you very nervous.
Courtesy of Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

Ormia ochracea is not a very likeable creature, even by fly standards.

This parasitic fly likes to leave its larvae on the backs of crickets. The larvae burrow inside the cricket and then proceed to eat the cricket alive.

But humans who have struggled with hearing loss might soon be thankful for at least one small part of this fly — its ears.

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10:31am

Tue July 22, 2014
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Appeals Court Strikes Down Subsidies In Federal Health Exchange

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 11:37 am

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday.

In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges not run by the states. The ruling could put at immediate risk the millions of people who bought insurance in the 36 states where these online insurance marketplaces are run by the federal government.

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7:43am

Tue July 22, 2014
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States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 8:19 am

Topp Yimgrimm/iStockphoto

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those who don't may have to pay more of the cost of their medical services, and in some cases may be refused services.

Supporters say it will help nudge Medicaid beneficiaries toward becoming more cost-conscious health care consumers. Patient advocates are skeptical, pointing to studies showing that such financial "skin-in-the-game" requirements discourage low-income people from getting care that they need.

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2:45am

Tue July 22, 2014
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Teens Say Looks Can Be Liberating Despite Fashion Police

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 12:43 pm

Youth Radio

At Oakland Tech, like high schools all over, passing period is a time for passing judgments.

Aaliyah Douglass, a 17-year-old, gives me a taste of how harsh critiques can be at the school in Oakland, Calif. She starts by evaluating a male classmate who walks by wearing shorts, a T-shirt and Vans.

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