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Complications can nearly double the cost of delivering a baby, according an analysis from health care alliance company Premier.

Why it matters: More women are experiencing complications during labor — the rate rose by 36% from 2008 to 2018, per Premier.

  • Vaginal births with complications cost about 80% more, on average, than ones without complications.
  • Cesarean deliveries cost about double those with no complications.

A separate study, published Monday in Health Affairs, shows that out-of-pocket costs for maternity and childbirth care rose from $3,069 to $4,569 between 2008 and 2015, for women with employer-based insurance.

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.