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Weekly Roundup: Home Birth For The Brits, A Bottled Water Ban Backfires, and More

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Public health news that caught our eye this week.

Home Birth is For The Brits 

A new recommendation by the British health system - that healthy moms should give birth at home - raises eyebrows among American doctors. - NPR

A Few Miles Can Mean Years Off Your Life

New data reveals that citizens of Indianapolis' wealthiest suburb live as much as 14 years longer, on average, than people in the city's poor neighborhoods. Side Effects' Jake Harper hopped on a bike to learn why.

New Obamacare Fight Takes Aim at "Cadillac" Tax 

This latest battle is to reverse a rule, set to come into effect in 2018, that would tax the best insurance plans. It's bringing together some unlikely bedfellows. - Marketplace

Key Architect of Obamacare To Become Top Insurance Lobbyist

The former head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services will be joining the nation's largest health insurance lobbying firm. - Kaiser Health News 

Bottled Water Ban Backfires 

Bans on bottled water are becoming a popular way to cut back on plastic waste in  in New England and other parts of the country. But a study from the University of Vermont found that when students couldn't buy water, they turned to sugary drinks. -WBUR's CommonHealth

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