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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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Flu season hitting its stride; vaccines available

Posted: 01/11/2013 - If you thought flu season was over, think again. It's only just now hitting its stride. But it's not too late to get vaccinated. Many county health clinics are even offering the vaccine for free.

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FDA requires lower doses for sleep medications

Posted: 01/10/2013 - The agency says new research shows that the widely-used sleeping drugs remain in the blood at levels high enough to interfere with driving, which increases the risk of car accidents.

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Retooling Pap test to spot more kinds of cancer

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Researchers are trying to retool the Pap, a test for cervical cancer that millions of women get, so that it could spot early signs of other gynecologic cancers, too.

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Eli Lilly settles Mass. pregnancy drug-cancer case

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Eli Lilly and Co. has settled a lawsuit brought by four sisters who contended their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s.

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Indonesia to add photo warnings to cigarette packs

Posted: 01/10/2013 - Indonesia has issued regulations that will require cigarette packets to bear graphic photographic warnings, a long-delayed measure in a country with one of the highest rates of smoking in the world.

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DOJ official wants trustee in Mass. pharmacy case

Posted: 01/09/2013 - An independent trustee must be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak because of the firm's "gross mismanagement," a Justice Department official argued

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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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