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How To Make Disease Prevention An Easier Sell

The American health system is well-suited to fixing acute problems. But chronic issues, such as diabetes and obesity, have proved challenging. Prevention could reduce the risks, yet the approach hasn't taken hold. Here's a leading medical thinker's take on why, and how to fix things.
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Coke Changed Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning; Pepsi In Transition

In 2011, California listed 4-MEI, the chemical that Coke and Pepsi used to obtain caramel coloring for their colas, as a carcinogen. Both sodas have been reformulated for sale in the state — but tests show 4-MEI is still common in Pepsi colas sold elsewhere.
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Doctors Recommend Baby Boomers Get Tested For Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C affects more than 3 million adults, most baby boomers. New York has passed legislation to become the first state to require doctors to offer the test to this age group. But some doctors are opposed to it, and it's unclear whether Governor Cuomo will sign the measure.
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Deadly Painkiller Overdoses Affecting More Women

A new study shows women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men. Men still suffer more overdoses but women are catching up, fast. Since 2007, more women have died from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes.
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White House Delays Key Piece Of Affordable Care Act

The Obama administration has decided to delay the date companies with 50 or more full-time employees are required to comply with the Affordable Care Act. They'll now have until 2015.
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One Man's Quest To Make Medical Technology Affordable To All

David Green says capitalism practiced with empathy is the right way to make health care available to the masses. The social entrepreneur is working on medical devices and services that can make a difference in the developing world.
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U.S. Pushes Businesses' Health Insurance Deadline To 2015

The Obama administration announced the change Tuesday, citing "ongoing discussions with businesses" about new health insurance requirements in the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
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Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Delayed

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it's delaying a key part of the Affordable Care Act. Businesses will now have another year to prove that they are providing health insurance — or that their employees otherwise have health insurance from some other source. Companies had complained that the reporting requirements to prove this were too complicated and burdensome.
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Curing Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis In Kids Takes Creativity

One of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world, tuberculosis is especially hard to diagnose and cure in children. Doctors in Tajikistan are altering treatments used for adults to cure kids with fewer side effects.
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'Heart Attack On A Hook': Meet America's 'Worst Restaurant Meal'

Long John Silver's Big Catch platter has plenty of fans. But the limited-time seafood dish is anything but healthful: The fish dish, complete with onion rings and hush puppies, comes in at a whopping 33 grams of trans fats — more than two weeks' worth, according to a nutrition watchdog group.

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