Health

1:27am

Tue March 26, 2013
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Arkansas Medicaid Expansion Attracts Other States' Interest

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:57 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks at a rally promoting the expansion of Medicaid in the state in front of the Capitol in Little Rock on March 7.
Danny Johnston AP

Since the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion under the federal health law optional last year, states' decisions have largely split along party lines. States run by Democrats have been opting in; states run by Republicans have mostly been saying no or holding back.

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3:34pm

Mon March 25, 2013
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Spring Break Alert: 'Black' Henna Tattoos May Not Be Safe

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 4:59 pm

Hairdresser Paramjit Kaur paints a traditional Indian henna design on a client's hand in Kent, Wash.
Ralph Radford AP

A henna tattoo looks like a fun beach souvenir — until you break out in a rash and blisters.

The dyes used for the popular temporary tattoos aren't always natural or safe, the Food and Drug Administration warned today. "Black henna" used to make the intricate designs darker often doesn't come from a plant, but from a harsh chemical that causes allergic reactions.

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1:40pm

Mon March 25, 2013
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Gates Foundation Says It's Time For A Snazzier Condom

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:02 am

An estimated 15 billion condoms are manufactured each year and 750 million people use them.
ederk iStockphoto.com

Last summer Bill Gates and his foundation held a competition to reinvent the toilet. Now he's hoping to do the same for condoms.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting up $100,000 to the best proposal for a more fun and pleasurable condom.

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1:13am

Mon March 25, 2013
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How An Unlikely Drug Helps Some Children Consumed By Fear

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:01 am

George McCann has been diagnosed with a subtype of bipolar disorder called the "fear of harm" profile, and finds that a prescribed dose of ketamine every few days alleviates his symptoms.
Michael Rubenstein for NPR

As far back as he can remember, George McCann lived in fear. When he was asleep he would have horrific nightmares filled with violent images. When he was awake, he often felt threatened by people, including members of his own family. And when he felt threatened, he would become aggressive, even violent.

George spent his childhood certain that something very bad was going to happen. And when he was 12, it did. His unrelenting fears led to a violent outburst at school. And George landed in a psychiatric hospital.

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11:43am

Sun March 24, 2013
Health

In Larimer County, Rabies Cases On The Rise

Six cases of rabies have been reported in Larimer county to date in 2013.
Credit Larimer County

Three skunks and one raccoon have tested positive for rabies in the past week, bringing the total rabies cases this year to six in Larimer County, including five skunks and one raccoon. 

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