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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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Risk to all ages: 100 kids die of flu each year

Posted: 01/16/2013 - Twenty flu-related deaths have been reported in kids so far this winter, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since the government started keeping track in 2004.

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Experts: Proposed NY gun law might hinder therapy

Posted: 01/16/2013 - Mental health experts say a new tougher New York state gun control law might interfere with treatment of potentially dangerous people and even discourage them from seeking help.

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Flu more widespread in US; eases off in some areas

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Flu is now widespread in all but three states as the nation grapples with an earlier-than-normal season. But there was one bit of good news Friday: The number of hard-hit areas declined.

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Key Things to Know About This Flu Season

Posted: 01/14/2013 - The annual flu season hit about a month early this year, and illness is now widespread in 47 states. Many cases are caused by a flu strain that tends to make people sicker.

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Flu season puts businesses and employees in a bind

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Nearly half the 70 employees at a Ford dealership in Clarksville, Ind., have been out sick at some point in the past month. It didn't have to be that way, the boss says.

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Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots.

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Beijing warns residents after off-the-charts smog

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Beijing schools kept children indoors and hospitals saw a spike in respiratory cases Monday following a weekend of off-the charts pollution in China's smoggy capita.

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Ore., Calif., require transgender health coverage

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.

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Merck warns docs to stop prescribing Tredaptive

Posted: 01/14/2013 - Drugmaker Merck & Co. is suspending its sale of the cholesterol drug Tredaptive after initial results from a study showed that it wasn't effective and could raise the risk of some serious side effects.

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Flu season strikes early and, in some places, hard

Posted: 01/11/2013 - While flu normally doesn't blanket the country until late January or February, it is already widespread in more than 40 states, with about 30 of them reporting some major hot spots.

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Embattled cancer agency's donor list revealed

Posted: 01/11/2013 - Lawmakers and reporters had sought the identity of CPRIT Foundation donors in wake of the recent turmoil surrounding the state-run Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

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China's 1-child law makes less competitive adults?

Posted: 01/11/2013 - The study's authors say the one-child policy has significant ramifications for Chinese society, leading to less risk-taking in the labor market and possibly fewer entrepreneurs.

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Researchers: NFL's Seau had brain disease

Posted: 01/11/2013 - Researchers from the National Institutes of Health said Thursday the former NFL star's abnormalities are consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

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