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    1. U.S. Birthrate Drops 4th Year in a Row, Possibly Echoing the Great Recession

      U.S. Birthrate Drops 4th Year in a Row, Possibly Echoing the Great Recession

      The United States’ birthrate fell for a fourth consecutive year in 2018, bringing the number of people born in the country to its lowest level in 32 years, according to provisional figures published on Wednesday by the federal government. It said the fertility rate in the United States also fell to a record low.

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    2. Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer

      Life Insurance Offering More Incentive to Live Longer

      Brian and Carla Restid, a couple in their mid-60s, bought life insurance four years ago to protect their lifestyle in retirement. A year later, they upgraded to a pilot program offered by the insurer to get fitter, healthier and more energized.

      In exchange for working to improve their well-being and providing details about the process, they have saved $700 so far in premiums.

      “It provided a way for me to be accountable to myself,” said Mrs. Restid, 67, who has an autoimmune disease that has slowed her down. “It provided me a way to get going and keep going. I was exercising before, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. This set me on a life-changing program.”

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    3. What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?

      What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?

      The European Union prohibits or severely restricts many food additives that have been linked to cancer that are still used in American-made bread, cookies, soft drinks and other processed foods. Europe also bars the use of several drugs that are used in farm animals in the United States, and many European countries limit the cultivation and import of genetically modified foods.

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    4. 12 People Hospitalized With Infections From Stem Cell Shots

      12 People Hospitalized With Infections From Stem Cell Shots

      Twelve patients became seriously ill after receiving injections that supposedly contained stem cells from umbilical cord blood, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which issued a warning to the California company, Genetech, that made the blood product they were given.

      The F.D.A. said on Thursday that it had also written to 20 clinics that offer unapproved stem cell treatments, warning them that such products are generally regulated by the agency and encouraging the clinics to contact federal regulators before November 2020, when enforcement will tighten. The names of the clinics have not been released.

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    5. Worried About the I.R.S. Scam? Here’s How to Handle Phone Fraud

      Worried About the I.R.S. Scam? Here’s How to Handle Phone Fraud

      Lee Meyer, a retired New York City schoolteacher, recently began getting strange telephone calls on weekday afternoons. A woman claiming to be a Treasury Department official left a message and a phone number, Mr. Meyer said, telling him he needed to settle a “tax-fraud charge” or else he would be hauled in front of a “magistrate judge.”

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    6. Getting Sick Can Be Really Expensive, Even for the Insured

      Getting Sick Can Be Really Expensive, Even for the Insured

      New research shows that for a substantial fraction of Americans, a trip to the hospital can mean a permanent reduction in income. Some people bounce right back, but many never work as much again. On average, people in their 50s who are admitted to the hospital will experience a 20 percent drop in income that persists for years. Over all, income losses dwarfed the direct costs of medical care.

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    7. Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition

      Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition

      Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus.

      In a lengthy blog post about the potential and the risks of facial recognition, Bradford L. Smith, the company’s president, compared the technology to products like medicines and cars that are highly regulated, and he urged Congress to study it and oversee its use.

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    8. Ask Well: Is There Such a Thing as ‘Traveler’s Constipation’?

      Ask Well: Is There Such a Thing as ‘Traveler’s Constipation’?

      Traveler’s constipation is probably real. And the scientific evidence behind it is fascinating.

      The largest study of traveler’s constipation appeared 40 years ago in the Swiss medical journal Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift. The authors administered a questionnaire to 10,500 tourists returning to Switzerland after visiting the tropics. They found that 14 percent of the respondents experienced constipation associated with air travel.

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    9. How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Long, Healthy Life

      How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Long, Healthy Life

      How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Long, Healthy Life Image By Jane E. Brody June 4, 2018 Where’s the best place in America to live if you want to maximize your chances of living longer? Based on an authoritative new state-by-state study of the American burden of disease, disability and premature death, and how it has changed from 1990 to 2016, you might consider setting down roots in Hawaii, where residents have the longest life expectancy, 81.3 years.

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    10. F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

      Hoping to thwart a sophisticated malware system linked to Russia that has infected hundreds of thousands of internet routers, the F.B.I. has made an urgent request to anybody with one of the devices: Turn it off, and then turn it back on.

      The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely, the bureau announced on Friday.

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    11. The Cost of Emergency Room Care

      The Cost of Emergency Room Care

      Penalizing patients for using hospital emergency services is another insult to health care consumers. It’s time to take a bold step and keep insurance companies out of the emergency room, and empower Medicare to negotiate contracts with hospitals to cover all Americans.

      Why does this plan make sense? According to federal law, hospitals are required to provide emergency care and to stabilize all patients regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. A result is that hospitals provide billions of dollars in uncompensated care to uninsured patients every year.

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