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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare

Hours after a court in Washington D.C. ruled that the government could not subsidize insurance for people in states using the federal health exchange, another court in Richmond issued a conflicting decision. If both rulings are upheld, it’s likely that the Supreme Court will be in for another major battle over Obamacare.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Google looks at contact lens for diabetes

In the future, diabetics can avoid the painful pinpricks. Google is testing a new contact lens that can measure glucose levels in tears. 

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Mystery illness afflicts 84 swimmers in Kitsap County lake

Health officials shut down access to Horeshoe Lake after a slew of swimmers were sickened with a virus.

 

KOMO NEWS

Veterans struggle to quit powerful painkillers

This year, about 650,000 veterans are using opiates for pain, leaving many veterans with an addiction that lasts after their discharge. 

NPR

Mississippi child thought to be cured of HIV relapses

A Mississippi girl thought to be cured of HIV through aggressive drug treatment is now showing signs of infection.

SEATTLE TIMES

David Schmader: A beginners guide to ingesting marijuana

Thinking about hopping on the edible weed bandwagon? How not to wind up like Maureen Dowd, paralyzed on a hotel bed in a psychological staring contest with the grim reaper.

THE STRANGER

Why stress can actually be a good thing

People say stress is a symptom of the modern age, but some scientists disagree. "It's not like stress is mounting up in our modern age — it's just (that) the flavor of it is changing," said neuroscience professor at John Hopkins University David Linden. A little bit of stress can actually be good for you, a way to build up your "emotional muscles" and help you learn how to cope. 

NPR

Exercise: A new look at possible effects on Alzheimer's

The Cleveland Clinic study went beyond measuring performance on memory tests to looking at the size of the brain.

NEW YORK TIMES

Why no one's using the most effective birth control?

The IUD is one of the most effective forms of birth control, but more than half of American women surveyed have never even heard of it. Only 9 percent of women in the U.S. of child-bearing age use an IUD. 

TIME

Smartphones detect ear infections, cervical cancer

Turns out smartphone cameras aren't only good for selfies. 

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