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4th Tennessean dies in meningitis outbreak, 8th in U.S.

Posted: 10/08/2012 - Health officials say the number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has now reached 105 cases. The number of deaths rose by one to eight, with another fatality in Tennessee.

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Soda Industry: New vending machines show calories

Posted: 10/08/2012 - The machines will let customers see the calorie counts for drinks before making a purchase. The vending machines will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before rolling out nationally.

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Gurdon, Yamanaka win Nobel medicine prize

Posted: 10/08/2012 - The prize committee at Stockholm's Karonlinska institute said the discovery has "revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop."

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Rare US meningitis outbreak grows, 5 dead

Updated: 10/04/2012 - A fifth person has died in a growing outbreak of a rare form of meningitis that has sickened more than two dozen people in five states.

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Report: Some dietary supplements illegally labeled

Posted: 10/04/2012 - Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended type of scientific evidence to back up their health claims

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Two-day test can spot gene diseases in newborns

Posted: 10/04/2012 - Wednesday's study is a tentative first step: Researchers at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., mapped the DNA of just five children, and the study wasn't done in time to help most of them.

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Study: Tanning beds cause 170K skin cancer cases yearly

Posted: 10/03/2012 - Non-melanoma skin cancers comprise the most common form of the disease in the U.S., accounting for 2 million new cases each year according to estimates from the National Cancer Institute.

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FDA: Farm tied to salmonella outbreak was unclean

Posted: 10/03/2012 - A federal inspector found two strains of salmonella and unclean conditions at an Indiana cantaloupe farm's fruit-packing plant during visits following a deadly outbreak linked to its melons.

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Baby bust continues: US births down for 4th year

Posted: 10/03/2012 - U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.

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Vomiting virus hits thousands of German children

Posted: 10/01/2012 - German health authorities say the number of children that have fallen ill with vomiting and diarrhea after eating food from school cafeterias and daycare centers has risen from about 4,500 to 8,400.

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Animals suspected in spread of new virus

Posted: 09/28/2012 - Britain's Health Protection Agency has published an early genetic sequence of the new respiratory virus related to SARS that shows it is most closely linked to bat viruses.

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Quitting driving: Families key but docs have role

Posted: 09/27/2012 - A large study from Canada found that when doctors warn patients, and tell driving authorities, that the older folks may be medically unfit to be on the road, there's a drop in serious crash injuries among those drivers.

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Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people

Posted: 09/21/2012 - Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday.

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IUDs, implants urged for teen girls' birth control

Posted: 09/21/2012 - The IUD and implants are safe and nearly 100 percent effective at preventing pregnancy, and should be "first-line recommendations," the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said

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Texas hospital plans 'moonshot' against cancer

Posted: 09/21/2012 - The nation's largest cancer center is launching a massive "moonshot" effort against eight specific forms of the disease, similar to the all-out push for space exploration 50 years ago.

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FDA urged to set standards for arsenic in rice

Posted: 09/19/2012 - Consumer groups are pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to set federal guidance on allowable levels of arsenic in rice, prompting the agency to study the issue and consider possible new standards.

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