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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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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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