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8:06am

Tue February 5, 2013
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Will Your Long-Term Care Coverage Keep Up With Changing Times?

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:39 am

The health services offered in 30 years may not be explicitly covered by the long-term care insurance you buy today.
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If you're investing to protect yourself from something that may happen 20 or 30 years down the road, you'd like to be confident that your plan will keep pace with the times.

That's a calculation purchasers of long-term care insurance have to make. But a provision in those policies that people rely on to help ensure their coverage will meet their needs decades hence may fall short.

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1:24am

Tue February 5, 2013
Health

FMLA Not Really Working For Many Employees

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:47 am

Jeannine Sato holds her 2-year-old son, Keni; 5-year-old Hana is held by her father, Mas Sato. Jeannine decided to leave her job when her employers said she could take six weeks off after giving birth to her first child or risk losing her job.
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Twenty years after President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers' rights groups say many employees still must choose between their family or their job.

They're marking the anniversary with calls to expand the law, and for Congress to pass a new one that would provide paid leave.

What Falls Under The FMLA?

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3:32pm

Mon February 4, 2013
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Aging Poorly: Another Act Of Baby Boomer Rebellion

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:40 am

Health researchers say the proportion of people in their late 40s to 60s with diabetes, hypertension or obesity has increased over the past two decades.
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Baby boomers have a reputation for being addicted to exercise and obsessed with eating well.

But that story didn't jibe with what physician Dana E. King and his colleagues see walking through the door of their family practice every day in Morgantown, W.Va.

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12:08pm

Mon February 4, 2013
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Scientists Find A Way To Scare Patients Who Can't Feel Fear

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 8:39 am

Movies like The Shining frighten most of us, but some brain-damaged people feel no fear when they watch a scary film. However, an unseen threat — air with a high level of carbon dioxide — produces a surprising result.
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In shorthand often used to describe the brain, fear is controlled by a small, almond-shaped structure called the amygdala.

But it's not quite that simple, as a study published Sunday in Nature Neuroscience demonstrates.

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8:37am

Mon February 4, 2013
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Experimental Tuberculosis Vaccine Fails To Protect Infants

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 4:03 pm

Nurse Christel Petersen inoculates a child in the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative study in 2011.
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Researchers are disappointed in the results of a long-awaited study of the leading candidate vaccine against tuberculosis, one of humankind's most elusive scourges.

But, pointing to more than a dozen other TB vaccines in the pipeline, they say they're not discouraged.

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