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Did Covered California mess up your tax form? Don't have a heart attack: We have advice!
Did Covered California mess up your tax form? Don't have a heart attack: We have advice!
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The news this week was nuts! I'm talking about that New England Journal of Medicine study, which found that babies who eat foods containing legumes are less likely to develop peanut allergies by age five.

Here's more on that study, plus KPCC's other best health stories of the week:

Allergy doctors explain surprising benefit of peanuts for allergy-prone babies

An allergy doctor from Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA joined AirTalk with Larry Mantle to answer some good follow-up questions to the study: How quickly might these findings be adopted by the medical community? And how does this apply to other common allergies, like pollen and shellfish?

What can you do to stop superbugs?

That whole exposure-as-prevention theory doesn't hold true when it comes to antibiotics.

The recent outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center points to a larger problem: Antibiotic resistance can develop through overuse of the drugs. I compiled some tips on how we can all use antibiotics more responsibly.

Covered California messed up my tax form. What should I do?

Did you receive a postcard from Covered California, informing you that the state's health insurance exchange had sent you an incorrect tax form? (Sorry, by the way - that's so frustrating!)

If so, KPCC's Elizabeth Aguilera has advice for what you should do.

Yale study: Many young women don't recognize heart attack symptoms

Just in case those Covered California problems raised your heart rate…

A new study from the Yale School of Public Health says many women, especially younger women, don't know the symptoms of a heart attack. (Women's heart attack symptoms can be quite different from men's, including nausea and back or jaw pain.) And even if women do suspect they're in the midst of a heart attack, many hesitate to seek medical care right away.

On Take Two, the study's author talks about the symptoms of a heart attack, and how to empower women to seek immediate care.

Which health stories are you reading and talking about this week? E-mail us at Impatient@scpr.org or ping me on Twitter at @rebeccaplevin.