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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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FDA issues warning over-the-counter diarrhea drug

Posted: 09/19/2012 - The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use an over-the-counter drug called Intestinomicina because the anti-diarrhea treatment contains a drug linked to life-threatening injuries.

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New kidney research institute to be created at UNM

Posted: 09/19/2012 - The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is getting a $6 million gift from the nation's largest nonprofit dialysis provider for the creation of a new kidney research institute.

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Study suggests tie between BPA and child obesity

Posted: 09/18/2012 - A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don't prove it's the cause.

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Namibia: 40 babies, fetuses dumped monthly in city

Posted: 09/17/2012 - The Namibia Press Agency reports that some 40 babies and fetuses are dumped and flushed down toilets every month in Windhoek, Namibia's capital of just 350,000 people.

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Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.

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Lawyers: 'Pink slime' lawsuit an uphill climb

Posted: 09/14/2012 - Beef Products Inc. will face a steep climb in its "pink slime" defamation lawsuit against ABC News as the South Dakota-based meat processor works to rebuild its public image, legal experts say.

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NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants

Posted: 09/14/2012 - No other U.S. city has tried to fight the obesity epidemic by restricting portion sizes at restaurants, but city officials said they were willing to take dramatic action

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BPI sues ABC News for 'pink slime' defamation

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network misled consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe.

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Knox Co. Schools' flu vaccinations begin Monday

Updated: 09/17/2012 - Knox Co. Schools announced it will begin offering flu vaccinations in schools on Monday. Parents can begin registering their kids immediately either online or using paper forms.

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Child deaths fell below 7 million in 2011

Posted: 09/13/2012 - The number of children under the age of five who die annually fell to less than 7 million in 2011, but around 19,000 boys and girls around the world are still dying every day from largely preventable causes.

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Whooping cough vaccine loses punch too fast

Posted: 09/13/2012 - A study published in Wednesday's New England Journal of Medicine found that the protective effect weakens dramatically soon after a youngster gets the last of the five recommended shots around age 6.

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CDC: Nation on track for deadliest West Nile year

Posted: 09/13/2012 - Health officials say they're convinced this will be the worst year for West Nile virus deaths and severe illnesses since the disease hit America's shores in 1999.

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Testosterone marketing frenzy draws skepticism

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Androgel is one of a growing number of prescription gels, patches and injections aimed at boosting the male hormone that begins to decline after about age 40.

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Ebola outbreak kills 15 in eastern Congo

Posted: 09/10/2012 - An outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 15 people in northeastern Congo and the local communities are quickly learning how frighteningly deadly the disease is, and how to prevent its spread.

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NH attorney says med tech spread hepatitis in 2008

Posted: 09/10/2012 - A New Hampshire attorney says a client contracted hepatitis C from a traveling hospital worker two years earlier than has been previously alleged he began spreading the disease.

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