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Bacterial outbreak roils Mass. oyster industry

Posted: 09/16/2013 - A mystery of sorts threatens to stunt Massachusetts' small but growing oyster industry after illnesses linked to bacterial contamination forced the state to shut down beds for the first time ever.

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UN: 6.6 million children under 5 died last year

Posted: 09/13/2013 - Childhood death rates around the world have halved since 1990 but an estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 5 still died last year, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.

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Tennessee health official honored at White House

Posted: 09/11/2013 - A Tennessee doctor is being credited by the White House with protecting the public and saving lives by identifying the fungal meningitis outbreak connected to contaminated steroid injections last year.

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Rice Diet shuts down NC home after 70 years

Posted: 09/10/2013 - Shelley Winters, Lorne Green and Buddy Hackett made the pilgrimage to take part in the residential weight-loss program that started at Duke University's medical center.

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Groups race to hire, train 'Obamacare' guides

Posted: 09/09/2013 - Many of the groups have little expertise in health insurance. And the timeline for training the workers is tight. According to the new health law, people can begin shopping among the new policies on Oct. 1.

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After years of decline, US births leveling off?

Posted: 09/06/2013 - The number of babies born last year — a little shy of 4 million — is only a few hundred less than the number in 2011, according to a government report released Friday.

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Clinton defends federal health care law in speech

Posted: 09/06/2013 - Speaking at his presidential library in downtown Little Rock, Clinton offered a detailed defense and explanation of the law as a key part of its implementation nears.

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NH hospital calls 8 over brain disease chances

Posted: 09/06/2013 - Eight patients who may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease at a New Hampshire hospital have been contacted by the hospital's president, who said Thursday the patients aren't panicking.

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Health law coverage may track workplace cost shift

Posted: 09/06/2013 - Two independent studies out this week highlighted attractive prices for less-generous "bronze" plans that will offer low monthly premiums but require patients to pick up more of the cost if they get sick.

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Study: Children's use of e-cigarettes increasing

Posted: 09/06/2013 - Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students.

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Study: The right bacteria might help fight obesity

Posted: 09/06/2013 - Thursday's report raises the possibility of one day turning gut bacteria into personalized fat-fighting therapies, and it may help explain why some people have a harder time losing weight than others do.

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Sea of blue disabled placards in many US cities

Posted: 09/06/2013 - A blue placard dangling from the rear-view mirror is the equivalent of parking gold for drivers in many cities — they can park for free and for as long as they want. Now there's a gold rush on for them.

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Studies take early look at health law's premiums

Posted: 09/05/2013 - Coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law won't be cheap, but cost-conscious consumers hunting for lower premiums will have plenty of options, according to two independent private studies.

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Medical pot looks to 'color inside the lines'

Posted: 09/04/2013 - The agency said last week that even though the drug remains illegal under federal law, it won't intervene to block state pot laws or prosecute as long as states create strict and effective controls.

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Study: Most states lack disaster plans for kids

Posted: 09/04/2013 - Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, most states still don't require four basic safety plans to protect children in school and child care from disasters.

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HPV vaccine for boys has 'good start' in 1st year

Posted: 08/30/2013 - When the HPV vaccine was first recommended for boys, health officials worried it would be an unusually hard sell. But a new report suggests that might not be the case.

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J&J launches new cap to curb Tylenol overdoses

Posted: 08/30/2013 - Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever.

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9 million use sleeping pills to get more zzz's

Posted: 08/30/2013 - Can't get enough shuteye? Nearly 9 million U.S. adults resort to prescription sleeping pills — and most are white, female, educated or 50 or older, according to the first government study of its kind.

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Scientists find clue to age-related memory loss

Posted: 08/29/2013 - Scientists have found a compelling clue in the quest to learn what causes age-related memory problems, and to one day be able to tell if those misplaced car keys are just a senior moment or an early warning

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