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4:18am

Sat March 23, 2013
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At Age 3, Affordable Care Act Is No Less Controversial

Originally published on Sat March 23, 2013 10:33 am

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act at the White House on March 23, 2010.
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The Affordable Care Act turns 3 on Saturday, and it seems just as divisive as the day President Obama signed it.

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2:25pm

Fri March 22, 2013
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Doubts Raised About Cutting Medicare Pay In High-Spending Areas

Whose wallet would get pinched if Medicare payments were cut in areas where service levels run high?
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Doctors and hospital administrators in parts of the country that are heavy Medicare spenders can relax their grips on their prescription pads and billing computers.

An influential panel on Friday panned the idea raised in Congress to pay them less for Medicare services if their regions are heavy users of medical services.

The idea is an outgrowth of decades of research into why Medicare spends more per beneficiary in some places such as New York City, Florida and McAllen, Texas, and significantly less in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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1:03pm

Fri March 22, 2013
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Talk Globally, Go Locally: Cellphones Versus Clean Toilets

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 7:56 am

A young boy plays on a commode during an event for World Toilet Day in New Delhi in November. An estimated 131 million Indian homes don't have a latrine or a clean toilet.
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Mobile phones have become ubiquitous across Africa and Asia, but lowly toilets haven't.

Right now, 6 billion people around the world have cellphones. But only 4.5 billion people have access to a clean commode, the United Nations said Thursday.

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8:11am

Fri March 22, 2013
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How A Sleep Disorder Might Point To A Forgotten Future

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 10:03 am

A towel covers the face of a man in a geriatric day care facility of the German Red Cross at Villa Albrecht in Berlin.
Carsten Koall Getty Images

What you do while you're asleep may say something about your cognitive function later in life.

Here's why. Mayo Clinic researchers report that having a condition called REM sleep behavior disorder, in which you act out dreams in your sleep, appears to be a harbinger for something called Lewy body dementia years later — at least in men.

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7:11am

Fri March 22, 2013
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How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

Dr. Frank Dumont at his clinic in Estes Park, Colo.
Barry Gutierrez for NPR

Dr. Frank Dumont knew one of his favorite patients was getting depressed.

When Dumont first started seeing him in his family practice, the man was in his 70s. He was active and fit; he enjoyed hiking into his 80s. But then things started to change.

"He started complaining of his memory starting to slip," Dumont says. The man would forget where he had placed objects, and he'd struggle to remember simple words and phrases.

Dumont prescribed antidepressants and saw him every eight weeks or so.

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