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9:56am

Fri March 1, 2013
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Health Insurers Brace For Consumer Ratings In Some States

Shopping for health insurance could get a little easier in some states this fall.
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This fall, health insurers in a few states will be seeing stars.

Not the celestial kind, but stars that reflect their scores on quality measures picked to help consumers make informed decisions when buying health coverage.

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7:27am

Fri March 1, 2013
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A Mother's Death Tested Reporter's Thinking About End-of-Life Care

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 8:42 am

Charles Ornstein with his mother, Harriet Ornstein, on his wedding day, weeks after she was mugged in a parking lot and knocked to the pavement with a broken nose.
Randall Stewart Courtesy of Charles Ornstein

My father, sister and I sat in the near-empty Chinese restaurant, picking at our plates, unable to avoid the question that we'd gathered to discuss: When was it time to let Mom die?

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12:56am

Fri March 1, 2013
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Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:00 am

Napping in class may be common, but it's also a sign that kids need more sleep.
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When NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health asked parents and caregivers in our new poll whether getting a good night's sleep is important, families overwhelmingly told us that sleep is a high priority.

But almost all said that it's difficult to pull off. And studies suggest this is especially true for teenagers.

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3:32pm

Thu February 28, 2013
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Change In Law May Spur Campus Action On Sexual Assaults

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 7:41 pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi discusses the Violence Against Women Act on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The House passed the measure, which could help curb violence on campus.
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3:06pm

Thu February 28, 2013
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Strategy To Prevent HIV In Newborns Sparks Enthusiasm And Skepticism

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:52 pm

By taking antiretroviral drugs during pregnancy, this Tanzanian mother lowered the risk of passing HIV to her daughter.
Siegfried Modola AFP/Getty Images

There's great enthusiasm among some global health leaders about a bold – some say radical — strategy to prevent pregnant women from transmitting HIV to their newborns.

But skeptics worry that the approach, dubbed Option B+, will pit pregnant women with HIV against others infected with the virus, diverting resources from the broader struggle against the pandemic.

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