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'Crack baby' scare overblown, teen research says

Posted: 05/27/2013 - Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.

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Doctors save Ohio boy by 'printing' an airway tube

Posted: 05/23/2013 - In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day.

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Birth control coverage up for federal appeal

Posted: 05/23/2013 - The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argues that businesses should be allowed to seek exception from that part of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs.

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Nearly all US states see hefty drop in teen births

Posted: 05/23/2013 - The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report.

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Cancer Society hits 100 as US cancer rate falls

Updated: 05/22/2013 - Back in 1913 when it was formed, cancer was a lesser threat for most Americans. The biggest killers then were flu, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and stomach bugs.

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Portland, Ore., rejecting water fluoridation

Posted: 05/22/2013 - With more than 80 percent of the expected ballots counted late Tuesday night, the Multnomah County election website showed the fluoride proposal failing, 60 percent to 40 percent.

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Report: NPS hantavirus response followed policy

Posted: 05/22/2013 - The report released by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General found that park officials responded to last summer's outbreak appropriately and within department policy.

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Measles surges in UK years after vaccine scare

Posted: 05/20/2013 - More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of a vaccine scare that raised the specter of autism.

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Flesh-eating disease victim gets prosthetic hands

Posted: 05/20/2013 - A metro Atlanta woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease was on her way back from Ohio Friday after being fitted with prosthetic hands.

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WHO says single yellow fever shot is enough

Posted: 05/17/2013 - The U.N.'s global health agency said Friday that its expert group on immunization believes a single dose of vaccination is sufficient to confer lifelong immunity against the disease.

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Shrinks, critics face off over psychiatric manual

Posted: 05/17/2013 - Grief soon after a loved one's death can be considered major depression. Extreme childhood temper tantrums get a fancy name. And certain "senior moments" are called "mild neurocognitive disorder."

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Only 2 of 13 small SUVs do well in crash tests

Posted: 05/16/2013 - Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly in the evaluations.

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St. Louis doctor with cerebral palsy offers hope

Posted: 05/15/2013 - Dr. Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez gently but sternly admonishes a teenage cerebral palsy patient who clearly hasn't been doing his exercises, stressing the importance of keeping muscles loose and limber.

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Study questions how sharply US should cut the salt

Updated: 05/15/2013 - A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it's not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle.

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Jolie: From girl with tattoos to girl with a cause

Posted: 05/15/2013 - Jolie's come a long way from her wild-child days of 10 or 12 years ago. She was branded a home-wrecker when she took up with Billy Bob Thornton, who broke up with Laura Dern and married Jolie.

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Study questions if bed rest prevents prematurity

Posted: 05/14/2013 - New research is raising fresh concern that an age-old treatment for troubled pregnancies — bed rest — doesn't seem to prevent premature birth, and might even worsen that risk.

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Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy: Q&A

Updated: 05/14/2013 - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie announced on Tuesday that she had a preventative mastectomy after learning she had a gene that significantly raised her risk of breast cancer.

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Obama calls on Congress to help more homeowners

Posted: 05/13/2013 - Obama says more than 2 million people are saving about $3,000 a year after restructuring their loans under his administration but that more deserve the same chance.

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France confirms 2nd case of SARS-related virus

Posted: 05/13/2013 - France has confirmed a second case of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, authorities said Sunday, as they increased efforts to inform the public about how to avoid the illness and watch for its signs.

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