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Fewer Shots Of HPV Vaccine May Still Protect Against Cancer

Two doses of the HPV vaccine may be enough to protect women against the virus that causes cervical cancer, according to a new study. After four years, women who had just one or two shots had the same infection rate as women who had three shots. That could increase the number of women protected.

Federal Court Rejects Two Challenges To Health Law

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed cases brought by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
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Va. Lawsuit Challenging Healthcare Law Tossed Out


The 4th U.S. Circuit District Court tossed out a lawsuit filed in Virginia that contested the constitutionality of federal healthcare legislation Thursday.

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Dental Health Survey Paints Bleak Picture For Low-Income Northern Va. Residents

A new survey reveals 16 percent of low-income Northern Virginia residents have not gone to a dentist in more than five years, compared with 3 percent of those with higher incomes.


Weight-Loss Program Beats Doctor's Advice To Shed Pounds

People who joined Weight Watchers lost twice as much weight in a year as people who were advised by their doctors, a new study finds. Paying for diet and exercise programs for baby boomers at risk of diabetes could save Medicare billions of dollars in health care costs, another study reports.

Maine Senator Postpones Potato Nutrition Battle, For Now

All year, a fight has been raging over the potato's proper role in school lunch and breakfast programs. Potato industry lobbyists and senators from potato-growing states are fighting efforts to limit spuds' appearances in the lunch line.