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9/11 fund makes 1st payments to sick responders

Posted: 01/30/2013 - A special fund set up by Congress to compensate people who got sick after being exposed to toxic World Trade Center dust following Sept. 11 is making its first round of payments

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Cadavers honored in med student dissection lab

Updated: 01/29/2013 - When medical students have finished their study and practice on cadavers, they often hold a respectful memorial service to honor these bodies donated to science.

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16 sick in 5 states; linked to ground beef recall

Posted: 01/29/2013 - No one has died, but half were hospitalized. Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Obama birth control mandates loosens lawsuits

Posted: 01/28/2013 - The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

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CDC: Flu seems to level off except in the West

Posted: 01/28/2013 - New government figures show that flu cases seem to be leveling off nationwide. Flu activity is declining in most regions although still rising in the West.

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Trial under way in LA hip joint replacement suit

Posted: 01/28/2013 - The fraud and negligence suit is the first of thousands of similar cases to reach trial in the United States that involve an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago.

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Cambodia reports 3 new bird flu cases, 2 fatal

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Cambodia on Friday reported three new human cases of bird flu, two of them fatal, in the first three weeks of this year. That's as many cases as the Southeast Asian country reported in all of 2012.

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Burger King drops supplier linked to horsemeat

Posted: 01/24/2013 - British and Irish burger fans could face a Whopper shortage. Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish meat processor whose patties were found to contain traces of horsemeat.

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Women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk

Posted: 01/24/2013 - U.S. women who smoke today have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago, partly because they are starting younger and smoking more

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Scientists to resume work with lab-bred bird flu

Posted: 01/24/2013 - International scientists who last year halted controversial research with the deadly bird flu say they are resuming their work as countries adopt new rules to ensure safety.

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Flu season fuels debate over paid sick time laws

Posted: 01/21/2013 - An unusually early and vigorous flu season is drawing attention to a cause that has scored victories but also hit roadblocks in recent years: mandatory paid sick leave for a third of civilian workers who don't have it.

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Lilly drug chosen for Alzheimer's prevention study

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Researchers have chosen an experimental drug by Eli Lilly & Co. for a large federally funded study testing whether it's possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease in older people at high risk of developing it.

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Flu season 'bad one for the elderly,' CDC says

Posted: 01/21/2013 - The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.

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Obesity in young kids dropped in NYC, grew in LA

Posted: 01/18/2013 - A study released Thursday compared obesity rates for young poor children in the nation's two largest cities over nine years. Rates dipped in New York from about 19 percent to 16 percent.

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Chavez reportedly at exclusive Cuba hospital

Posted: 01/18/2013 - People in Venezuela and other parts of the world await word on the fate of a man who once called George W. Bush "the devil" in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

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Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy

Posted: 01/17/2013 - The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus, and may prevent some deaths. Getting the flu while pregnant makes fetal death more likely, the Norwegian research showed.

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ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

Posted: 01/16/2013 - A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years.

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