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Global study: World not ready for aging population

Posted: 10/01/2013 - The report ranks the social and economic well-being of elders in 91 countries, with Sweden coming out on top and Afghanistan at the bottom. It reflects what advocates for the old have been warning.

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More babies share parents' beds despite SIDS risks

Posted: 10/01/2013 - The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers show a troubling trend: the percentage of U.S. babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled since the early 1990s.

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Health insurance markets open; success to be seen

Posted: 10/01/2013 - Millions of Americans will be able to shop for the first time Tuesday on the insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reforms.

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FDA approves first pre-surgical breast cancer drug

Posted: 09/30/2013 - A biotech drug from Roche has become the first medicine approved to treat breast cancer before surgery, offering an earlier approach against one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

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House OKs bill aimed at improving drug safety

Posted: 09/30/2013 - The House easily approved bipartisan legislation Saturday aimed at improving the safety of drugs produced by compounding pharmacies that mix customized pharmaceuticals.

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Report ponders: How sensitive is climate to CO2?

Posted: 09/27/2013 - Scientists are more confident than ever that pumping carbon dioxide into the air by burning fossil fuels is warming the planet. The question is, by how much?

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Obamacare online sign-up delayed for small businesses

Posted: 09/26/2013 - Administration officials are quietly telling key interest groups to expect initial glitches signing up online for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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Government shutdown wouldn't stop Obamacare

Updated: 09/26/2013 - Deleting the money to implement the law, the GOP's dream scenario, would indeed cripple Obamacare. But that's much less likely to happen than a government shutdown.

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Reunited Obama, Bill Clinton tout health care law

Posted: 09/25/2013 - President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton took to the same stage Tuesday to promote the new health care law that Obama championed after Clinton's own efforts to reform health care years earlier fell flat.

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Burger King launching lower-calorie french fry

Posted: 09/24/2013 - The world's No. 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 percent fewer calories than its regular french fries.

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Report: Environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk

Posted: 09/24/2013 - The report urges doctors to push for stricter environmental policies to better identify and reduce exposure to chemicals that prove truly risky. But it's likely to scare pregnant women in the meantime.

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FDA lays out rules for some smartphone health apps

Posted: 09/24/2013 - Food and Drug Administration officials say they will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health.

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New test aims to better detect viral infections

Posted: 09/19/2013 - It happens too often: A doctor isn't sure what's causing someone's feverish illness but prescribes antibiotics just in case, drugs that don't work if a virus is the real culprit.

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First lady calls summit on food marketing

Posted: 09/18/2013 - Michelle Obama wants food makers and entertainment companies to spend less time advertising sweet and salty foods to kids and more time promoting healthier options.

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3 new West Nile virus cases in Shelby County

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Shelby County's health department said Monday that a 15-year-old boy, a 46-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman have contracted the disease. The cases raise the county's total this year to six.

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Extreme binge drinking not uncommon in high school

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Almost 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors have engaged in recent extreme binge drinking — downing at least 10 drinks at a rate that barely budged over six years, according to a government-funded report.

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