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Government shutdown wouldn't stop Obamacare

Updated: 09/26/2013 - Deleting the money to implement the law, the GOP's dream scenario, would indeed cripple Obamacare. But that's much less likely to happen than a government shutdown.

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Reunited Obama, Bill Clinton tout health care law

Posted: 09/25/2013 - President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton took to the same stage Tuesday to promote the new health care law that Obama championed after Clinton's own efforts to reform health care years earlier fell flat.

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Burger King launching lower-calorie french fry

Posted: 09/24/2013 - The world's No. 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 percent fewer calories than its regular french fries.

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Report: Environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk

Posted: 09/24/2013 - The report urges doctors to push for stricter environmental policies to better identify and reduce exposure to chemicals that prove truly risky. But it's likely to scare pregnant women in the meantime.

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FDA lays out rules for some smartphone health apps

Posted: 09/24/2013 - Food and Drug Administration officials say they will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health.

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New test aims to better detect viral infections

Posted: 09/19/2013 - It happens too often: A doctor isn't sure what's causing someone's feverish illness but prescribes antibiotics just in case, drugs that don't work if a virus is the real culprit.

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First lady calls summit on food marketing

Posted: 09/18/2013 - Michelle Obama wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options.

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3 new West Nile virus cases in Shelby County

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Shelby County's health department said Monday that a 15-year-old boy, a 46-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman have contracted the disease. The cases raise the county's total this year to six.

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Extreme binge drinking not uncommon in high school

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking — downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report.

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Report: Drug-resistant bacteria are common killers

Posted: 09/17/2013 - For the first time, the government is estimating how many people die from drug-resistant bacteria each year — more than 23,000, or about as many as those killed annually by flu.

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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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