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It's All Politics
3:54 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

Hillary Clinton poses for a family photo with former President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky, after attending Chelsea's Oxford University graduation ceremony last month.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 5:12 pm

One of the few revelations in Hard Choices, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

"Since 1960, the United States had maintained an embargo against the island in hopes of squeezing Castro from power, but it only succeeded in giving him a foil to blame for Cuba's economic woes," Clinton writes. "It wasn't achieving its goals and it was holding back our broader agenda across Latin America."

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Shots - Health News
3:35 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Doctors Don't Know What Women Want To Know About Birth Control

Numbers represent the percent of patients and doctors who ranked each issue in their top three concerns to discuss during consultations.
Maanvi Singh/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 10:33 am

Women have choices in contraception, from pills and injections to intrauterine devices and the NuvaRing. But when women discuss birth control with their doctors, they may not be getting all the information they want, a survey finds.

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National Security
3:29 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

With More Veterans Needing Health Care, What Will The Cost Be?

Sloan Gibson, acting secretary of Veterans Affairs, spoke in Phoenix last week. After a visit to a VA hospital, he said additional resources were likely needed in the area. Nationwide, the number of veterans seeking health care has risen dramatically in recent years.
Matt York AP

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 8:31 pm

A new generation of American vets is home from war — about 2.6 million of them. And there are about 10 million older veterans, many from the Vietnam era, hitting their 60s, 70s or 80s. Taking care of both groups is getting expensive.

"If they can afford to pay for wars, they can afford to pay for the treatment after the wars," says Garry Augustine, with Disabled American Veterans. DAV and other private veterans' organizations draw up their own "independent budget" for the Department of Veterans Affairs every year.

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The Salt
3:21 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Moms And Tykes Should Eat More Fish Low In Mercury, Says FDA

The FDA is recommending that pregnant women eat 8 to 12 ounces per week of fish such as salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia or cod.
Iakov Filimonov iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 6:49 pm

Lots of us think of fish as brain food.

But many moms-to-be and breastfeeding women have been turned off of it, in part due to concerns about the potentially harmful effects of mercury in some types of fish.

An analysis by the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency released Tuesday found 1 in 5 pregnant women were not eating any fish for long periods of time during pregnancy. And 75 percent of women were eating fewer than 4 ounces per week.

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Shots - Health News
3:20 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Massachusetts Inches Toward Health Insurance For All

From December 2013 to March 2014, the public and private health insurance groups in Massachusetts reported an overall increase in health insurance enrollment by more than 215,000 people. Enrollment in private plans essentially held steady, as enrollment in the state's public plans expanded.
Center for Health Information and Analysis

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 3:31 pm

When Massachusetts passed its landmark health insurance law under Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, no one claimed the state would get to zero — as in 0 percent of residents who are uninsured. But numbers out this week suggest Massachusetts is very close.

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