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3:15pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Study: Price Shocks On Health Exchanges Appear Unlikely

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:18 pm

2:24pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:26 pm

The underlying biology of age-related memory glitches — in old mice and old people — is different from what happens with Alzheimer's, recent research suggests.
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If you're finding it harder to remember where you put the car keys, the culprit could be a brain protein with a name that's easy to forget: RbAp48.

A shortage of this protein appears to impair our ability to remember things as we age, researchers report in the current issue of Science Translational Medicine. And boosting levels of RbAP48 in aging brains can reverse memory loss, at least in mice, they say.

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1:29pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Feds Say 'Unbanked' Can Buy Insurance With Prepaid Debit Cards

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:26 pm

Insurance? Let's just run your card.
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The Obama administration said Wednesday that it is moving ahead with a rule that would requiring health plans to accommodate households that don't have traditional bank accounts.

One in four of the uninsured people eligible for federal insurance subsidies doesn't have a bank account, according to a report released earlier this year by the tax preparation firm Jackson Hewitt. The report dubbed people without connections to traditional financial institutions the "unbanked."

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1:17pm

Thu August 29, 2013
The Salt

Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:59 pm

Pepper is the spice most commonly contaminated with salmonella and other pathogens.
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Spice may be nice, but spices also can carry very bad bugs. About 7 percent of spices tested by Food and Drug Administration researchers were contaminated with salmonella, which can cause serious illness and death. Because of this finding and others, the FDA and international food safety organizations are putting more effort into how to reduce the risk.

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12:43pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Money Worries Can Scramble Your Thinking

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:29 pm

Worrying about finances can tax the brain just as much as staying up all night.
Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

There's no question that dealing with mortgages, car payments and other bills takes up time and energy. But having a tight budget may also zap our ability to think clearly, scientists report Thursday in the journal Science.

In a series of clever experiments involving farmers in India and shoppers in New Jersey, scientists found that people are worse at solving puzzles — similar to those on the IQ test — when they're first reminded of money problems.

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