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Youth homicide rate hits lowest mark in 30 years

Posted: 07/12/2013 - The homicide rate for older children and young adults has hit its lowest point in at least three decades, but the decline has been slowing, according to a new government report.

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A break for smokers? Glitch may limit penalties

Posted: 07/12/2013 - They huddle outside office buildings and they can't satisfy their nicotine cravings by lighting up on planes and trains, but now smokers could be getting a break from an unlikely source.

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Spread of DNA databases sparks ethical concerns

Posted: 07/12/2013 - You can ditch your computer and leave your cellphone at home, but you can't escape your DNA. It belongs uniquely to you — and, increasingly, to the authorities.

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Texas Senate on track to pass tough abortion rules

Posted: 07/12/2013 - This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber's top Republican is determined not to let anything — or anyone — derail a vote.

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FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice

Updated: 07/12/2013 - Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks.

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ETSU offers combined pharmacy and MBA degree

Posted: 07/10/2013 - The curriculum was developed between ETSU's Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and the ETSU College of Business and Technology. It should allow students to complete both degrees in four years.

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Unusual pattern of spine injuries from jet crash

Posted: 07/09/2013 - Many survivors of Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco have a surprising pattern of spine injuries that a doctor says shows how violently they were shaken despite wearing seat belts.

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Tennova, Covenent join Community Health Alliance

Updated: 07/08/2013 - The Community Health Alliance (CHA), Tennessee's health insurance CO-OP, collaborated with these two East Tennessee partners, as well as Decatur County General Hospital.

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Jury convicts former doctor in Vegas hep C case

Posted: 07/02/2013 - A prominent former Las Vegas doctor and endoscopy clinic owner was convicted Monday of all 27 criminal charges against him — including second-degree murder — in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.

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Doctors: Patents keep HIV drugs too pricy to use

Posted: 07/02/2013 - Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that rising intellectual property rights are blocking the generic production of newer drugs to treat HIV and are keeping them out of reach for developing countries.

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Germantown begins own ambulance service

Posted: 07/01/2013 - Germantown Fire Chief John Selberg said he was able to make the numbers work by shifting some firefighter positions to the emergency medical service.

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Judge: Hobby Lobby won't have to pay fines

Posted: 07/01/2013 - Hobby Lobby and a sister company will not be subject to $1.3 million in daily fines beginning Monday for failing to provide access to certain forms of birth control through its employees' health care plans.

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Death Valley temps at least tie record

Posted: 07/01/2013 - Temperatures in Death Valley — the legendary hottest place on Earth — at least tied a record Sunday as a heat wave brought triple-digit highs across the West.

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4 charged in health insurance policy scheme

Posted: 06/28/2013 - A Springfield couple and two other people have been indicted on charges that they defrauded more than 17,000 people of more than $28 million in a national health care scheme.

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More C-sections are now done closer to due date

Posted: 06/27/2013 - Not only has the nation's high level of C-sections finally stopped rising, but more of the operations are taking place closer to the mother's due date, a new government report found.

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$839M inmate medical complex dedicated in California

Posted: 06/27/2013 - On Monday, a health threat posed by a potentially lethal airborne fungus prompted a federal judge to order as many as 3,250 inmates transferred immediately from two Central Valley prisons.

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NIH to retire most chimps from medical research

Posted: 06/27/2013 - It's official: The National Institutes of Health plans to end most use of chimpanzees in government medical research, saying humans' closest relatives "deserve special respect."

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New rules aim to rid schools of junk foods

Posted: 06/27/2013 - High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.

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