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Some Antidepressants May Pose Increased Risk Of Birth Defects

Some antidepressants may be riskier than others when used during pregnancy. A study found the most widely used antidepressant, sertraline, wasn't associated with birth defects.
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Medicare Plans To Pay For Voluntary End-Of-Life Counseling

The provision was politically toxic when it was first proposed in 2009. Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News says many medical groups, including the AMA, have long recommended the move.
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Genetic Tweaks Are Restoring Hearing In Animals, Raising Hopes For People

The latest accomplishment for gene therapy involves mice with inherited deafness. Meanwhile, the drugmaker Novartis is conducting the first trial of gene therapy for people with hearing loss.
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Coping With Cravings, And Other Tips On Eating While Pregnant

Pregnant women hear a lot about what foods to avoid, and little about what they should eat, a scientist found. So she wrote her own week-by-week guide that features salmon, chocolate and greens.
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The Effects Of D.C.'s New Tax On E-Cigarettes And Vaping

Local vape shop owners say D.C.'s 70 percent tax on electronic cigarettes will drive them out of business and hurt District residents who use vaping to quit smoking.

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It’s Lyme Disease Season: What To Know About Contracting, Diagnosing And Treating The Disease

Around 300,000 people contract the tick borne disease every year. We discuss what you should know about contracting, diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.

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Women Are Saving Money Thanks To Expanded Birth Control Coverage

The average user of birth control pills saved $255 in the first year after an Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers cover contraceptives without copays went into effect, a study finds.
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Despite National Progress, Colorectal Cancer Hot Spots Remain

Since 1970, the national colorectal cancer death rate has been cut in half. But progress has lagged in the Lower Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and counties in eastern Virginia and North Carolina.
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How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps

The Millennium Development Goals, set in 2000, revolutionized the fight against poverty. Now the world is setting Sustainable Development Goals. But critics say there may be too many priorities.
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Lacking Votes, California Assembly Shelves Aid In Dying Bill

Proponents of a bill that would let doctors give dying people lethal prescriptions ran into opposition from Latino Democrats. Backers say they're not through trying for approval.

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