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5:53am

Sat March 8, 2014
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Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 8:55 am

Nobody plans to wind up in the emergency room, but costly accidents happen — even to healthy young people.
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At lunchtime on the North Harris campus of Houston's Lone Star Community College, students stream through the lobby of the student services center, plugged into their headphones or rushing to class.

Many walk right past a small information table about the Affordable Care Act.

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10:05am

Fri March 7, 2014
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Seeking Solutions For Sexual Aggression Against Women In Bars

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 12:20 pm

What is it about bars that brings out bad behavior?
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Our post on sexual harassment in bars sure struck a nerve.

Earlier this week we covered a study from the University of Toronto that found that men who were sexually aggressive in bars weren't necessarily drunk, and that their actions usually weren't the result of miscommunication.

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9:44am

Fri March 7, 2014
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Actuaries In Denver Will Get First Peek At Obamacare's Full Cost

Health insurers are banding together to share information about how much new customers are costing health plans. A group of actuaries in Denver will be the first to see the figures, which could be used in calculating future rates.
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Now that medical insurers must accept all applicants no matter how sick, what will these new customers cost health plans? And how will their coverage costs affect insurance prices for 2015 and beyond?

Few questions about the Affordable Care Act are more important. How it all plays out will affect consumer pocketbooks, insurance company profits and perhaps the political fortunes of those backing the health law.

A few Denver actuaries, bound to confidentiality, will be the first to glimpse the answers.

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6:17pm

Thu March 6, 2014
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Second Baby Cleared Of HIV. Rare Event, Or Hope For Others?

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 6:01 am

While not conclusive, the two cases are "quite promising," says Anthony Fauci, a longtime AIDS researcher who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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In only the second documented case of its kind, an infant born with the AIDS virus may have been cured of the infection, thanks to an intensive drug treatment begun just hours after her birth. The baby girl — now 9 months old — from Long Beach, Calif., is still on that regimen of antiretroviral drugs. But researchers who described her case at an AIDS meeting in Boston this week say advanced testing suggests that she is HIV-negative.

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12:55pm

Thu March 6, 2014
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Strange But True: Music Doesn't Make Some People Happy

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 10:08 am

Is there anyone who can resist dancing when Pharrell Williams sings "Happy"? Yes, if you're one of the rare few with specific musical anhedonia.
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Surely listening to Pharrell Williams' Oscar nominee "Happy" makes you bounce with joy. Nirvana still makes you want to wail. And old Beatles songs make you feel like everything's going to be all right. But maybe you don't feel anything at all.

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