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Unusual respite from surging health care costs

Posted: 01/08/2013 - Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft

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Organ donations fall in Germany after scandal

Posted: 01/08/2013 - The German Foundation for Organ Transplantation says the number of organs donated fell almost 13 percent to 3,917 last year, the lowest figure in a decade.

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CDC says data show worsening flu season

Updated: 01/07/2013 - The CDC's Tom Skinner says "people who come down with the flu can be pretty sick," with severe muscle aches and high-grade fever lasting 4 or 5 days.

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High court rejects Medicare challenge

Posted: 01/07/2013 - The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand a federal appeals court ruling that held that there is no way for people who receive Social Security to reject Medicare benefits.

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Court won't stop embryonic stem cell research

Posted: 01/07/2013 - The Supreme Court won't stop the government's funding of embryonic stem cell research, despite some researchers' complaints that the work relies on destroyed human embryos.

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FDA: New rules will make food safer

Posted: 01/07/2013 - The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year.

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Mass. Gov. proposes new compounding pharmacy rules

Posted: 01/07/2013 - Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday proposed tighter regulations on sterile compounding pharmacies following a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts company.

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2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955

Posted: 01/04/2013 - About 42,000 cases were reported last year, the most since 1955. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still gathering information, and the number could rise to as much as 50,000.

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CDC: 1 in 24 admit nodding off while driving

Posted: 01/04/2013 - "If I'm on the road, I'd be a little worried about the other drivers," said the study's lead author, Anne Wheaton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Indian court to rule on generic drug industry

Posted: 01/04/2013 - The case pits aid groups that argue India plays a vital role as the pharmacy to the poor against drug companies that insist they need strong patents to make drug development profitable.

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Clinton planning to return to work next week

Posted: 01/04/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sidelined for almost a month by a string of medical problems, is upbeat and planning to return to work next week, the State Department said Thursday.

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Clinton leaves hospital after treatment for clot

Posted: 01/03/2013 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was released from a New York hospital on Wednesday, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head.

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Losing weight in 2013 for health or image?

Updated: 01/02/2013 - It's January and plenty of people are making their New Years resolution to lose weight and get healthy. But can you still be healthy and have a few extra pounds?

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Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating

Posted: 01/02/2013 - This is your brain on sugar — for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.

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