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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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Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women

Posted: 02/27/2013 - The results are potentially worrisome because young women's tumors tend to be more aggressive than older women's, and they're much less likely to get routine screening for the disease.

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Swiss Red Cross cuts blood supply to broke Greece

Posted: 02/27/2013 - The Swiss Red Cross is slashing its supply of donor blood to Greece because the financially stricken country has failed to pay its bills on time, the head of the group's transfusion service said Tuesday.

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Mediterranean-style diets found to cut heart risks

Posted: 02/26/2013 - Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems

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Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies

Posted: 02/26/2013 - With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.

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Panel questions value of calcium, vitamin D pills

Posted: 02/26/2013 - Popping calcium and vitamin D pills in hopes of strong bones? Healthy older women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements, say new recommendations from a government advisory group.

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FDA approves new targeted breast cancer drug

Posted: 02/25/2013 - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-a-kind breast cancer medication that targets tumor cells while sparing healthy ones.

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Govs to hear Oregon health care plan

Updated: 02/22/2013 - The Oregon Democrat leaves for Washington, D.C., on Friday to pitch his plan that changes the way doctors and hospitals are paid and improves health care coordination for low income residents.

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Flu shot doing poor job of protecting older people

Posted: 02/22/2013 - The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

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UN rejects damage claim for Haiti cholera victims

Posted: 02/22/2013 - The United Nations rejected a claim for damages on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims and their families on Thursday, citing diplomatic immunity.

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German bishops OK contraception in rape cases

Posted: 02/22/2013 - In a statement issued at the end of a regular meeting in the western city of Trier, the German Bishops Conference said Catholic hospitals still can't provide drugs that would lead to the death of an embryo.

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