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FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15

Posted: 05/01/2013 - In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.

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Inmate-removal order complicates Calif prison plan

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Already facing a potential contempt order, Gov. Jerry Brown now must leap another hurdle to meet a court-ordered deadline this week to say how he will reduce crowding in California prisons.

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Obama administration simplifies health care form

Posted: 04/30/2013 - The first draft was as mind-numbing and complex as tax forms. Now the Obama administration is unveiling a simplified application for health insurance benefits under the federal health care overhaul.

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FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.

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EU aims to better protect bees from pesticides

Posted: 04/29/2013 - The announcement Monday was cheered by environmentalists, disappointed chemical companies and came after the bloc's 27 nations failed to agree on a common stand.

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Germ-zapping 'robots': Hospitals combat superbugs

Updated: 04/29/2013 - In U.S. hospitals, an estimated 1 in 20 patients pick up infections they didn't have when they arrived, some caused by dangerous 'superbugs' that are hard to treat.

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Latest HIV vaccine doesn't work; govt halts study

Posted: 04/26/2013 - The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection.

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Newfound hormone holds hope for diabetes treatment

Posted: 04/26/2013 - Scientists have identified a hormone that can sharply boost the number of cells that make insulin in mice, a discovery that may someday lead to a treatment for the most common type of diabetes.

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New push against polio and new vaccines in Somalia

Posted: 04/26/2013 - With more regions of Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu, at peace for the first time in 20 years, health care workers are expanding vaccination programs and can now access 40% of south-central Somalia

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Herbal workshop recalls frontier life

Posted: 04/26/2013 - Jim Buckenmyer will lead a hands-on workshop at the Marble Springs State Historical Site. Buckenmyer will demonstrate the medicinal and culinary uses of various herbs common on the frontier.

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AG reaches settlement over Quantum Series Wellness Pack

Posted: 04/25/2013 - The settlement requires Thomas Michael Haarlander and his business, The Avalon Effect Inc. of Franklin, to stop making misleading marketing claims about a medical device called the Quantum Series Wellness Pack

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WHO: New flu passes more easily from bird to human

Posted: 04/24/2013 - Scientists are watching the virus closely to see if it could spark a global pandemic but say there is little evidence so far that it can spread easily from human to human.

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NFL group, company teaming up for brain drug test

Posted: 04/24/2013 - A potential treatment for traumatic brain injuries may be tested in retired professional football players, who are the focus of concern over blows to the head.

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Poll: Aging US in denial about long-term care need

Posted: 04/24/2013 - A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they've done little to no planning.

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Study: Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse

Posted: 04/23/2013 - More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use.

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Doctors: All Boston bomb patients likely to live

Posted: 04/23/2013 - In a glimmer of good news after last week's tragedy, all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive.

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NYC proposes raising age for cigarette purchases

Posted: 04/23/2013 - After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar by becoming the most populous place in America to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21.

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US hospitals send hundreds of immigrants back home

Posted: 04/23/2013 - Hundreds of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally have taken similar journeys through a little-known removal system run not by the federal government trying to enforce laws but by hospitals seeking to curb high costs.

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