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Decades-old question: Is antibacterial soap safe?

Posted: 05/03/2013 - It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's bassinet.

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Catholic bishops condemn Irish abortion bill

Posted: 05/03/2013 - Ireland's Roman Catholic bishops say the public should lobby lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow abortions to save the life of the mother.

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Autism scientists seek more brains to aid research

Posted: 05/03/2013 - They announced Thursday a new network collecting brain specimens around the country. They say the more they get, the better the chances of finding better ways to treat the developmental disorder.

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US suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

Posted: 05/02/2013 - One theory is that the recession caused more emotional trauma for this group, those ages 35 to 64. Experts also note that white baby boomers have always had a higher suicide rate.

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Study: Food, skin allergies increasing in children

Posted: 05/02/2013 - Experts aren't sure what's behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies?

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Vt. woman disfigured in attack reveals new face

Posted: 05/02/2013 - Carmen Blandin Tarleton of Thetford had face transplant surgery at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital in February and spoke publicly for the first time at a news conference at the hospital Wednesday.

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Toddler is youngest to ever get lab-made windpipe

Posted: 05/02/2013 - A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.

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Laying bare your finances to apply for health care

Posted: 05/02/2013 - An earlier version of the forms had provoked widespread griping that they were as bad as tax forms and might overwhelm uninsured people, causing them to give up in frustration.

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Women's groups decry appeal on morning-after pill

Posted: 05/02/2013 - The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups.

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FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15

Posted: 05/01/2013 - In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.

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Inmate-removal order complicates Calif prison plan

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Already facing a potential contempt order, Gov. Jerry Brown now must leap another hurdle to meet a court-ordered deadline this week to say how he will reduce crowding in California prisons.

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Obama administration simplifies health care form

Posted: 04/30/2013 - The first draft was as mind-numbing and complex as tax forms. Now the Obama administration is unveiling a simplified application for health insurance benefits under the federal health care overhaul.

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FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.

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EU aims to better protect bees from pesticides

Posted: 04/29/2013 - The announcement Monday was cheered by environmentalists, disappointed chemical companies and came after the bloc's 27 nations failed to agree on a common stand.

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Germ-zapping 'robots': Hospitals combat superbugs

Updated: 04/29/2013 - In U.S. hospitals, an estimated 1 in 20 patients pick up infections they didn't have when they arrived, some caused by dangerous 'superbugs' that are hard to treat.

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Latest HIV vaccine doesn't work; govt halts study

Posted: 04/26/2013 - The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection.

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Newfound hormone holds hope for diabetes treatment

Posted: 04/26/2013 - Scientists have identified a hormone that can sharply boost the number of cells that make insulin in mice, a discovery that may someday lead to a treatment for the most common type of diabetes.

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New push against polio and new vaccines in Somalia

Posted: 04/26/2013 - With more regions of Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu, at peace for the first time in 20 years, health care workers are expanding vaccination programs and can now access 40% of south-central Somalia

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Herbal workshop recalls frontier life

Posted: 04/26/2013 - Jim Buckenmyer will lead a hands-on workshop at the Marble Springs State Historical Site. Buckenmyer will demonstrate the medicinal and culinary uses of various herbs common on the frontier.

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AG reaches settlement over Quantum Series Wellness Pack

Posted: 04/25/2013 - The settlement requires Thomas Michael Haarlander and his business, The Avalon Effect Inc. of Franklin, to stop making misleading marketing claims about a medical device called the Quantum Series Wellness Pack

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WHO: New flu passes more easily from bird to human

Posted: 04/24/2013 - Scientists are watching the virus closely to see if it could spark a global pandemic but say there is little evidence so far that it can spread easily from human to human.

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