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2:54pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Maternity Coverage Sought For Young Women On Parent's Plan

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 4:00 pm

Young women can get health insurance through a parent, but it doesn't always include maternity care.
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Young women covered by a parent's health insurance don't necessarily get maternity coverage. The National Women's Law Center thinks it may have found a way to get them benefits.

The group has filed sex discrimination complaints against five large publicly funded employers, using a little-noticed provision of the Affordable Care Act that bars discrimination in health benefits on the basis of gender.

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2:52pm

Tue June 4, 2013
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Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:25 am

Forms of tuberculosis are emerging that are costly, difficult and at times, nearly impossible to treat. This new, worldwide threat is called multidrug-resistant TB, and it occurs when the bacteria no longer respond to the most common TB medications. Doctors have to turn, instead, to older, less effective drugs that can have devastating side effects such as hearing loss, blindness, aches and severe depression.

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10:36am

Tue June 4, 2013
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That Employee Who Smokes Costs The Boss $5,800 A Year

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 6:42 am

A man smokes outside an office building in New York City in April. Smoking breaks cost employers almost $3,000 per year per smoking employees, a study says.
John Moore Getty Images

Smoking is expensive, and not just for the person buying the cigs. Employers are taking hard looks at the cost of employing smokers as they try to cut health insurance costs, with some refusing to hire people who say they smoke.

But figures on the cost of smoking have been rough estimates at best, with a very general estimate of $193 billion a year nationwide.

Researchers now say they're got much tighter focus on the number: $5,800 per smoker per year.

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12:19am

Tue June 4, 2013
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Obama Administration Seeks To Ease Approvals For Antibiotics

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 3:15 pm

These staph bacteria are resistant to vancomycin, an antibiotic that is one of the last lines of defense.
Janice Haney Carr CDC

Every day in hospitals all over America, thousands of patients die of infections that used to be curable. But the antibiotics used to treat them aren't working anymore.

It's called drug resistance, and it's largely a consequence of antibiotics overuse. The more germs are exposed to antibiotics, the faster they mutate to evade being vanquished.

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5:22pm

Mon June 3, 2013
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Miss. Turns To 'Cord Blood' To Track Down Statutory Rapists

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 6:43 am

Gov. Phil Bryant, at the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Summit in Jackson, Miss., in 2012, supports a controversial effort to identify men who impregnate teen girls.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Mississippi lawmakers have embarked on a controversial campaign to discourage older men from having sex with teenagers.

Starting in July, doctors and midwives in the state will be required by law to collect samples of umbilical cord blood from babies born to some girls under the age of 16. Officials will analyze the samples and try to identify the fathers through matches in the state's DNA database.

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