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WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law and its travails. But the new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown may be a more significant factor in the slippage.

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(PRNewswire) — With a raging opioid epidemic in the U.S. and millions of leftover prescription pills in homes, Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA) and Recovery Centers of America (RCA) believe everyone has a duty to destroy and deactivate unused medications in a safe and environmentally friendly way. RCA and MAPDA are teaming up on this issue to help bring awareness to the public on the dangers of unused and expired prescription pills in their homes.

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Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam in grad school,” the doctoral qualifying exam. She took the rest of the day off, went home and baked cookies.

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LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a “stark” milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic. In a press briefing on Friday, Dr. Mike Ryan said that although the U.N. health agency has the vaccines and drugs that could potentially change the course of the outbreak, delivering those to the people who need them is still proving problematic.

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(Metro) — Cancer affects people from all walks of life. The American Cancer Society says that, in 2019, there will be approximately 141,000 cancer cases diagnosed and about 103,000 cancer deaths in the United States. Breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer are some of the most common cancers, although just about any area of the body can be affected by the cell mutations that lead to cancer.

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Cancer takes a toll on people’s bodies and minds and even the people around them. Upon being diagnosed with cancer, people understandably focus on the toll the disease may take. While the physical and mental toll can be considerable, the financial toll can be significant as well.

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(Metro) — The decision to become a bone marrow donor is a selfless and heroic act. According to Be the Match, a global leader in marrow transplantation, a bone marrow or cord blood transplant may be the best treatment option or the only potential cure for patients with various diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.

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(Metro) — Strength training is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. According to the Mayo Clinic, strength training helps people reduce their body fat, increase their lean muscle mass and efficiently burn calories. In fact, in its 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans report, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends all adults perform moderate or greater-intensity muscle strengthening activities on two or more days per week.

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(Metro) — According to the Department of Health and Human Services, about $117 billion in annual health care costs in the United States is linked to a lack of physical activity. And that burden is not exclusive to the United States, as estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that the global cost of physical inactivity exceeds $54 billion annually.

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(Metro) — The destination is picked, the tickets are purchased and now you’re about to taxi down the runway, waiting for your plane to depart. Just then several coughs ring out in the cabin as the dry overhead air starts pouring out of the vents. That’s when you start to wonder if you’ll be nursing cold medicine instead of tropical drinks this vacation.

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Outdoor entertaining has many advantages. Cooking on a grill can make it easier to feed a crowd, while fresh air can make any occasion more fun. One pesky obstacle when entertaining outdoors is bugs. Nothing can ruin outdoor meals quite like insects. Finding a gnat in your soft drink or ants coursing over your hot dog can quickly destroy your appetite.

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Many people expect their vision to fade as they grow older. Such expectations are not unfounded, as the National Eye Institute notes that certain vision changes, including diminished vision and difficulty distinguishing colors, are a normal part of aging. But even children can experience changing vision, which only highlights the importance of kids receiving routine eye exams.

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