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Safer sex for failing hearts, no copays for birth control soon, and a new moratorium on bird flu research, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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There’s plenty of of analysis, criticism and praise of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ controversial decision on the “morning after” contraceptive pill Plan B. Here's a look at the national conversation.

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Bad news for Plan B advocates, crazy sweet kids' cereals, breast cancer risks and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Teens are taking birth control pills younger than ever, the impact of a national debt default on Medicare and Medicaid, salmonella-carrying frogs and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Health apps, birth control, hunger stikes and mental health in today's Daily Briefing.

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A surprising sodium culprit, good news for teens and antidepressants, a Catholic birth control controversy and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Utah is considered one of the healthiest states in the nation — but not everyone benefits. This is part two in a series examines the wide disparities in health based on residents’ education, ethnicity and environment.

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Here’s what we’re reading today:

Birth Control: Now that the new “morning after” contraception pill known as ella is on the market, will pharmacists dispense it? Some may not, according to the Washington Post’s The Checkup health blog. 

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In June 2002, Dr. David F. Archer had a paper published under his name that reassured women everywhere that they could take antibiotics and birth control pills at the same time and not worry about pregnancy. The article was music to the ears of executives at Wyeth, the drug company giant.

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This story attempts to bust through the stereotypes about uninsured people in Minnesota, which has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the nation.



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