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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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Scientists use 3-D printing to help grow an ear

Posted: 02/21/2013 - Printing out body parts? Cornell University researchers showed it's possible by creating a replacement ear using a 3-D printer and injections of living cells

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California school district sued over yoga program

Posted: 02/21/2013 - An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over a public school yoga program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop the district-wide classes.

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Drug overdose deaths up for 11th consecutive year

Posted: 02/21/2013 - Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

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Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies

Posted: 02/21/2013 - Women who had the robotic operations were slightly less likely to spend more than two days in the hospital, but hospital stays were shorter than that for most women

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UK patient dies from SARS-like coronavirus

Posted: 02/19/2013 - Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham says the coronavirus victim was an outpatient being treated for "a long-term, complex unrelated health problem" who had a compromised immune system.

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Study: Better TV might improve kids' behavior

Updated: 02/18/2013 - Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

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UN warns risk of hepatitis E in S. Sudan grows

Posted: 02/18/2013 - The United Nations says an outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South Sudan since July, and has become endemic in the region.

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Obama admin winds down plan for 'uninsurables'

Posted: 02/18/2013 - In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking new applications. People already in the plan will not lose coverage.

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States' choices set up national health experiment

Posted: 02/18/2013 - The nation is about evenly split between states that decided they want a say in running new insurance markets and states that are defaulting to federal control because they don't want to participate in "Obamacare."

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Study: Fish in drug-tainted water suffer reaction

Posted: 02/15/2013 - The findings, published online Thursday in the journal Science, add to the mounting evidence that minuscule amounts of medicines in rivers and streams can alter the biology and behavior of fish

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Synthetic marijuana linked to kidney damage

Posted: 02/15/2013 - Sixteen people who smoked synthetic marijuana were hospitalized with kidney problems last year in six states. All recovered but five of them needed dialysis.

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FDA seizes illegal dietary supplements

Posted: 02/14/2013 - The Food and Drug Administration says U.S. marshals have seized illegal dietary supplements from a Florida company because some may contain a dangerous pharmaceutical ingredient.

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Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

Posted: 02/14/2013 - About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.

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Clues to why most survived China melamine scandal

Posted: 02/14/2013 - In 2008, at least six babies died and 300,000 became sick after being fed infant formula that had been deliberately and illegally tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.

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