Shots - Health Blog
11:01 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Catholic Groups Fight Contraceptive Rule, But Many Already Offer Coverage

New federal regulations require employers to provide no-cost prescription birth control as part of their health insurance plans.
Tim Matsui Getty Images

The Catholic Church says new federal regulations requiring employers to provide no-cost prescription birth control as part of their health insurance plans infringe on their religious liberty.

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Around the Nation
11:01 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Oil Boom Puts Strain On North Dakota Towns

Austin Mitchell walks away from an oil derrick outside Williston, N.D. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary camps to house the huge influx of workers now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 10:30 am

The tough economy has taken its toll on most states, putting budgets deep in the red and putting people out of work.

But North Dakota has a low 3.5 percent unemployment rate and a state budget with a billion dollar surplus. That's because of a major oil boom in the western part of the state, a discovery of at least 2 billion barrels to be gained by fracking — the controversial process of injecting fluid deep into underground rock formations to force the oil out.

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StoryCorps
9:01 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Being Positive: Love And Life After An HIV Diagnosis

Chris Whitney (right) spoke to his friend, Erin Kuka, in San Francisco about his life after learning that he was HIV positive.
StoryCorps

Chris Whitney lived in San Francisco in the 1980s, when there wasn't much known about AIDS. But then he tested positive for HIV in 1985. He explains what happened next to his frien Erin Kuka.

"The first person I told was the person I was dating at the time, and that was pretty much the last conversation I had with him," Whitney says. "You know, the fear just took over. That kind of made me really wary about opening up to people.

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The Scorpion's Honey
7:43 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

The Scorpion's Honey : Kafka

Ever met your hero?  They might not be what you expect.

Notably Texan
7:43 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Several Texas Acts Receive Grammy Nominations

According to the Governor's Texas Music Office, a total of 16 artists born, or based in, Texas have garnered a total of 20 nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. 

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Shots - Health Blog
5:59 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Obama Embraces 'End of AIDS,' Promises To Accelerate HIV Treatment

AIDS activists haven't always been happy with Barack Obama. But many of them were on this Worlds AIDS Day.

The president used the occasion to pledge a 50 percent increase in the number of HIV-infected people getting treatment through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR — from around 4 million now to 6 million by the end of 2013.

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U.S.
5:49 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Obama's Hope: A Younger, More Diverse Electorate

The American electorate is getting more diverse, more educated and younger. These demographic trends seem to suggest that voters could, in theory at least, be more Obama-friendly in 2012, especially in some key states. But it's not clear whether these shifts can outweigh the dragging economy and the president's dismal approval ratings.

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Chrome Surpasses Firefox To Become Second Most Popular Web Browser

By one measure, the browser landscape was reshaped last month: According to data released today by StatCounter, which measures browser usage, Google's Chrome has taken over the No. 2 spot, sending Mozilla's Firefox to third place.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still king.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Pew: 63 Percent Of Undocumented Immigrants In U.S. For More Than 10 Years

A Pew Hispanic Center study released today finds that two-thirds of undocumented immigrants in the United States have lived in the country for more than 10 years. The study also found that 46 percent of undocumented immigrants had minor children.

In its press release, Pew says this research is important because it comes on the heels of a hot debate on immigration during the Republican presidential debates.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:00 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Foster Kids, Even Infants, More Likely To Be Given Psychotropic Drugs

Children in foster care are significantly more likely than other kids to be given mind-altering drugs, according to a study of five states released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

The report, which focused on children in the Medicaid program, also found that foster kids were more likely to be prescribed five or more psychotropic drugs at an age and at doses that exceed the maximum FDA-approved levels — both of which carry serious health risks.

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