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11:43am

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 6:33 am

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir raise their voices in unison — and perhaps unify their heart rates, too.
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We open our hymnals to Hymn 379, and we begin to sing. "God is Love, let heav'n adore him / God is Love, let earth rejoice ..."

Lifting voices together in praise can be a transcendent experience, unifying a congregation in a way that is somehow both fervent and soothing. But is there actually a physical basis for those feelings?

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10:32am

Wed July 10, 2013
The Salt

Do Diet Drinks Mess Up Metabolisms?

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 3:10 pm

Some researchers think that artificial sweeteners, most frequently consumed in diet drinks, may confuse the body.
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It may seem counterintuitive, but there's a body of evidence to suggest that the millions of Americans with a diet soda habit may not be doing their waistlines — or their blood sugar — any favors.

As the consumption of diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners continues to rise, researchers are beginning to make some uncomfortable associations with weight gain and other diseases.

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8:13am

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Catholics Split Again On Coverage For Birth Control

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 12:42 pm

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori gave voice to a letter Catholic groups sent to the administration and Congress to protest insurance rules for contraceptives.
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  • As Heard On Morning Edition

Two prominent Catholic groups are finding themselves, once again, on opposite sides of a key issue regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Three years ago, the Catholic Health Association, whose members run hospitals and nursing homes across the country, backed passage of the health law. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which represents the hierarchy of the church, opposed it.

Now the groups are divided over the law's requirement for most employer-based health insurance plans to provide women with birth control.

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7:11am

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Tax Break Can Help With Health Coverage, But There's A Catch

Tax credits may help make health insurance more affordable, but can bite back if your income goes up more than expected.
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There are two kinds of financial help for people planning to enroll in the online health insurance marketplaces that will open this fall. One could put people at risk of having to pay some of the money back, while the other won't.

That's one big difference between tax credits and subsidies, both of which are intended to help people with lower incomes pay for health insurance through the new health care law.

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2:32am

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Oregon Is Getting 'Frequent Fliers' Out Of The ER

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 6:03 am

Jeremie Seals used to go to the hospital emergency room to avoid sleeping in his car.
Kristian Foden-Vencil OPB

Forty-year-old Jeremie Seals has had a tough life.

He left home at 14, and his health isn't good. He had a heart attack when he was 35. He has congestive heart failure, and nerve pain in his legs that he says is "real bad."

"Long story short, I'm terminal," he says, matter-of-factly.

Seals is unwilling to divulge too much about his past. But over the years, he says his health has deteriorated to such a degree that he can no longer hold a job.

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