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Fossil fuel subsidies in focus at climate talks

Updated: 12/04/2012 - Qatar — the host of U.N. climate talks that entered their final week Monday — is among dozens of countries that keep gas prices artificially low through subsidies that exceeded $500 billion globally last year.

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Asperger's dropped from revised diagnosis manual

Posted: 12/03/2012 - The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation's psychiatrists. Changes were approved Saturday.

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South Africa makes progress in HIV, AIDS fight

Updated: 12/03/2012 - Two decades later the clinic is the biggest anti-retroviral, or ARV, treatment center in the country and sees between 600 to 800 patients a day from all over southern Africa.

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Clinton releases road map for AIDS-free generation

Updated: 12/03/2012 - "An AIDS-free generation is not just a rallying cry — it is a goal that is within our reach," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who ordered the blueprint, said in the report.

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Injuries increase from inflatables

Posted: 11/26/2012 - Bounce houses are becoming more popular for kids' birthday parties and other events. But also increasing, are injuries.

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OB/GYNs back over-the-counter birth control pills

Posted: 11/21/2012 - No prescription or doctor's exam needed: The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.

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FDA approves first-of-a-kind seasonal flu vaccine

Posted: 11/21/2012 - The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell technology, rather than the half-century egg method.

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New push for most in US to get at least 1 HIV test

Posted: 11/20/2012 - Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once — not just people considered at high risk for the virus, an independent panel that sets screening guidelines proposed Monday.

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Medicare premiums going up $5 a month for 2013

Posted: 11/16/2012 - The government says Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month for 2013. That's less than expected, but it'll still eat up nearly one-fourth of the typical cost-of-living raise for retirees.

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Migration officials say cholera in Haiti on rise

Posted: 11/16/2012 - The International Organization for Migration says Haitian officials have confirmed 3,593 cholera cases and another 837 suspected cases since Hurricane Sandy's passage.

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Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South

Posted: 11/16/2012 - The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.

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More American workers to pick their insurance

Posted: 11/16/2012 - For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.

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Tips to avoid picking up pounds as year ends

Posted: 11/16/2012 - A key to avoiding weight gain during the holidays is to stay out of the kitchen. Dr. Betty Greer of the University of Tennessee Extension says don't hang out where food is being prepared.

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Booze calories nearly equal soda's for US adults

Posted: 11/15/2012 - Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.

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New gene triples risk for Alzheimer's disease

Posted: 11/15/2012 - Scientists have identified a new gene variant that seems to strongly raise the risk for Alzheimer's disease, giving a fresh target for research into treatments for the mind-robbing disorder.

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British medical journal slams Roche on Tamiflu

Posted: 11/13/2012 - A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.

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Food labels multiply, some confuse consumers

Posted: 11/12/2012 - Food labels claim to certify a wide array of sustainable practices. Hundreds of so-called eco-labels have cropped up in recent years, with more introduced every month .

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Malaria vaccine a letdown for infants

Posted: 11/09/2012 - An experimental malaria vaccine once thought promising is turning out to be a disappointment, with a new study showing it is only about 30 percent effective at protecting infants from the killer disease.

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