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GOP Health Bill Changes Could Kill Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

NPR | March 23, 2017

House Republicans are considering a deal that would remove the requirement that health insurance plans cover 10 essential health benefits, hoping to secure the votes of conservative lawmakers.

Oregon Senate Votes To Increase Legal Age For Tobacco Purchases

OPB | March 23, 2017

Young people in Oregon could soon need to be at least 21 years old to buy tobacco products.

Who Will Listen To The Suffering Syrians?

NPR | March 23, 2017

The conflict has created chronic mental pain in a country with few mental health specialists. Dr. Hassum Jefee-Bahloul, a Syrian psychiatrist who now lives in the U.S., has a plan to help.

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A Poem From A Syrian Psychiatrist: 'Cloud-Cafe'

NPR | March 23, 2017 2:32 p.m.

Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul writes poems to capture his longing for his troubled homeland.

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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

NPR | March 23, 2017 1:11 p.m.

Growing Up In A Hungry Family Can Affect A Child's Learning Years Later

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Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

NPR | March 23, 2017 1 p.m.

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

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Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

NPR | March 23, 2017 12:55 p.m.

They competed in the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. We got to know the team that worked on a water purifier using neem leaves and ... cilantro.

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Health Care Plan Championed By Trump Hurts Counties That Voted For Him

NPR | March 23, 2017 12:39 p.m.

Trump picked up big margins in small and rural counties. But those areas would take the biggest hit with tax credit changes, according to an NPR analysis of data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

NPR | March 23, 2017 12:10 p.m.

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason why, two economists say.

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Herrera Beutler Announces Opposition To Republican Health Care Bill

OPB | March 23, 2017 10:43 a.m. | Portland

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican congresswoman from Clark County, says she can't support the sweeping health care bill sponsored by her party's leadership.

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Could Meals On Wheels Really Lose Funding? Yes, But It's Hard To Say How Much

NPR | March 23, 2017 8:34 a.m.

Meals on Wheels America has seen a surge in donations from worried supporters since President Trump's budget proposal was released. The role of federal funds differs in various local programs.

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Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

NPR | March 23, 2017 7:25 a.m.

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

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