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    1. Genetic Testing Could Interfere With Your Ability To Get Life Insurance : Shots - Health News : Npr

      Genetic Testing Could Interfere With Your Ability To Get Life Insurance : Shots - Health News : Npr

      Enlarge this image The results of genetic testing — whether done for health reasons or ancestry searches — can be used by insurance underwriters in evaluating an application for life insurance, or a disability or long-term-care policy. Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images The results of genetic testing — whether done for health reasons or ancestry searches — can be used by insurance underwriters in evaluating an application for life insurance, or a disability or long-term-care policy. Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images Taking a genetic test in your 20s or 30s could, indeed ...

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    2. Little Clarity For Parents Wondering Where Their Infant Should Sleep : Shots - Health News : NPR

      Little Clarity For Parents Wondering Where Their Infant Should Sleep : Shots - Health News : NPR

      Babies get less sleep at night and sleep for shorter stretches when they sleep in their parents' room after 4 months old, a new study finds. Parents are also more likely to engage in unsafe sleep practices, such as bringing their child into their bed or leaving pillows, blankets or stuffed animals with the baby when the infant shares their room.

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    3. Get Set For Trump Revisions To Your Affordable Care Act Insurance

      Get Set For Trump Revisions To Your Affordable Care Act Insurance

      Repeal and replace is on-again, off-again, but that doesn't mean the rules affecting your insurance will stay the same in the meantime.

      The Trump administration late Thursday issued a final rule aimed at stabilizing the existing health law's insurance marketplace that could have rapid, dramatic effects — perhaps as soon as early summer — on people who do not get insurance through work, and buy it on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges instead.

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    4. Stem Cell Therapy Risks And Benefits Outlined In Journal Report : Shots - Health News : NPR

      Stem Cell Therapy Risks And Benefits Outlined In Journal Report : Shots - Health News : NPR

      Scientists have long hoped that stem cells might have the power to treat diseases. But it's always been clear that they could be dangerous too, especially if they're not used carefully.

      Now a pair of papers published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine is underscoring both the promise and the peril of using stem cells for therapy.

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    5. Repeal Ripples: 5 Insurance Exchange Chiefs Contemplate An Uncertain Future

      Repeal Ripples: 5 Insurance Exchange Chiefs Contemplate An Uncertain Future

      With open enrollment season for buying health coverage under the Affordable Care Act ending Tuesday, it seemed like an apt time to talk with folks in charge of some of the state insurance marketplaces created by the federal health law.

      It's the third year these marketplaces, also called exchanges, have been running. The marketplaces are the go-to option for people under 65 who don't get health insurance through work or qualify for Medicaid.

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    6. The Strange History Of The Spleen, The Organ That Can Replicate Itself : Shots - Health News : NPR

      The Strange History Of The Spleen, The Organ That Can Replicate Itself : Shots - Health News : NPR

      On a crisp New England fall day, college freshman Jordan Taylor was playing Ultimate Frisbee when he collided with another player. Taylor was rushed to the hospital, where doctors realized he'd been hit hard enough to tear the delicate covering of his spleen, and he was bleeding internally. A quick surgery fixed the spleen, but doctors saw something strange while they were operating.

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    7. What Is Dyslexia? A Common — And Misunderstood — Learning Disability : NPR Ed : NPR

      What Is Dyslexia? A Common — And Misunderstood — Learning Disability : NPR Ed : NPR

      'It's frustrating that you can't read the simplest word in the world.'

      Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping.

      'Goll—. G—. Gaa—. Gaa—. G—. ' He keeps trying. It is as if the rest ­­of the word is in him somewhere, but he can't sound it out.

      'I don't ... I quit.' He tosses the book and it skids along the table.

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      Mentions: Disability
    8. Pediatricians Acknowledge The Reality That Babies Sleep In Moms' Beds

      Pediatricians Acknowledge The Reality That Babies Sleep In Moms' Beds

      There's no question bed sharing increases the risk of sudden death, pediatricians say. New guidelines are aimed at reducing that risk as much as possible in the first year of a child's life.

      A notable, if subtle, change in sleep guidelines released Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledges the reality of those long nights and what parents should do if they can't always follow the guidelines to the letter. The goal is to reduce the risk of sleep deaths in babies.

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    9. Beyond Mammograms, Screening Choices Are Far From Clear : Shots - Health News : NPR

      Beyond Mammograms, Screening Choices Are Far From Clear : Shots - Health News : NPR

      Mammography can prevent deaths from breast cancer, but it's not a perfect test.

      It misses some cancers, especially in women with dense breast tissue, and flags abnormalities for follow-up tests that turn out to be benign, among other issues. So there's a lot of interest in additional tests that might make screening more accurate in women who have dense breasts.

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    10. For Students With Mental Health Issues, The Transition To College Is Complicated

      For Students With Mental Health Issues, The Transition To College Is Complicated

      Parents know that sometimes their children just aren't ready. Experts say they need to check out what mental health services a college offers.

      It's a stressful time for any family, but consider this: For the growing number of students dealing with mental health issues, it can be a terrifying transition. Sometimes, it raises the question: Is college really an option?

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    11. Pain And Suffering At Life's End Are Getting Worse, Not Better

      Pain And Suffering At Life's End Are Getting Worse, Not Better

      It's been more than 15 years since the Institute of Medicine released its seminal 1997 report detailing the suffering that many Americans experience at the end of life and offering sweeping recommendations on how to improve care.

      But the number of people experiencing pain in the last year of life actually increased by nearly 12 percent between 1998 and 2010, according to a study published Monday. And the number of people with depression in the last year of life increased by more than 26 percent.

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