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Arkansas GOP eyes Planned Parenthood funds next

Posted: 03/08/2013 - Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in the state.

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Oregon lawmakers advance ban on young teen tanning

Posted: 03/08/2013 - Across the nation, lawmakers are debating where to draw the line on young teen tanning, considering proposals that would make it illegal to expose minors to ultraviolet rays from sunlamps.

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Do more women need diabetes care when pregnant?

Posted: 03/07/2013 - A change in testing could nearly triple the number of women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy, but would catching milder cases help mother or baby?

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More gun laws = fewer deaths, 50-state study says

Posted: 03/07/2013 - In the dozen or so states with the most gun control-related laws, far fewer people were shot to death or killed themselves with guns than in the states with the fewest laws, the study found.

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Arkansas adopts US's most restrictive abortion law

Posted: 03/07/2013 - A day after the Republican-led state Senate voted to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto, the GOP-controlled House voted 56-33 to do the same. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.

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Next NYC health campaign: too-loud earphones

Posted: 03/07/2013 - The city wants young New Yorkers to hear its latest public-health warning loud and clear: Cranked-up headphones can be hazardous to your hearing.

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Your chances of dying by 2023? Test offers a clue

Updated: 03/06/2013 - Want to know your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Here are some bad signs: getting winded walking several blocks, smoking, and having trouble pushing a chair across the room.

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Officials alarmed by increasing superbug reports

Posted: 03/06/2013 - These superbugs from a common germ family have become extremely resistant to treatment with antibiotics. Only 10 years ago, such resistance was hardly ever seen in this group.

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FDA panel sees risk in long-used osteoporosis drug

Updated: 03/06/2013 - A panel of federal health experts says a long-established bone strengthening drug should no longer be used by women because there is little evidence it works and it may actually increase the risk of cancer.

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Senate OKs bill requiring meningitis shot proof

Posted: 03/05/2013 - Legislation that would require incoming students at public higher education institutions to show proof of immunization against meningitis has passed the Senate.

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Painkiller prescriptions in Tennessee on the rise

Updated: 03/05/2013 - A report shows the number of prescriptions for painkillers in Tennessee is on the rise again, but state officials think they may be finally getting control of the epidemic.

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India rejects Bayer plea against cheap cancer drug

Posted: 03/05/2013 - The Intellectual Property Appellate Board rejected the German drug maker's appeal of the 2012 ruling on Monday. It also ruled that under the license Natco must pay 7 percent in royalties on net sales to Bayer.

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Study: No quick savings from workplace wellness

Posted: 03/05/2013 - Your bosses want you to eat your broccoli, hit the treadmill and pledge you'll never puff on a cigarette. But a new study raises doubts that workplace wellness programs save the company money.

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Correction: Health Overhaul-Language Barrier story

Updated: 03/07/2013 - Understanding the law is a challenge even for governors, state lawmakers and agency officials, but delivering its message to non-English speakers who can benefit from it is shaping up as a special complication

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Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

Posted: 03/04/2013 - There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world's second reported cure.

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'Switched at Birth' goes silent to make a point

Posted: 03/04/2013 - "Until hearing people walk a day in our shoes, they will never understand," says a guidance counselor at a high school for deaf students in "Switched at Birth."

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CEO: Risks key for Merck to succeed, help patients

Posted: 03/04/2013 - Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth C. Frazier is convinced nearly everyone, from patients to long-term investors, wants the world's third-largest drugmaker to take big risks.

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First lady: Not surprised by reaction to Oscars

Posted: 03/04/2013 - She attributed the chatter to a culture shift that has spawned legions of bloggers, tweeters and others who talk about anything and everything all the time.

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