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Salami Suicide: Processed Meats Linked To Heart Disease And Cancer

Love that bacon, but realize that porking up on processed meat ups the risk of cancer and heart disease. That's the word from a big new study that tracked the eating habits of almost a half-million Europeans over 20 years.
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Hear That? In A Din Of Voices, Our Brains Can Tune In To One

Scientists are beginning to understand how people focus on a single voice in a crowded, noisy room. This ability, known as the "cocktail party effect," appears to rely on areas of the brain that have completely filtered out unwanted sounds.
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Can Milk Sweetened With Aspartame Still Be Called Milk?

By adding artificial sweeteners to flavored milk, the dairy industry hopes to boost flagging consumption in schools. But if the industry gets its way, the front-of-the-package labels wouldn't note that it's "diet milk."
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Why ER Docs In The Big Apple Won't Replace That Painkiller Prescription

Many doctors and patients expect too much from prescription opioids as pain relievers, some physicians say. These expectations need to be reined in to curtail drug abuse and overdoses that claim more than 16,000 lives a year in the U.S., they say.
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For Elderly Midwife, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old

Sometimes you can't retire even if you want to. For Dian Sparling, a nurse midwife, there's no one to take over her practice. But at 71, delivering babies on call is harder than it used to be. "It would be horrible if I had to do this and stay up all night and I didn't love what I do," she says.
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Infections With 'Nightmare Bacteria' Are On The Rise In U.S. Hospitals

Federal health officials warned that a dangerous group of superbugs has become increasingly common in hospitals throughout the United States over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the bacteria are resistant to virtually all antibiotics, including the ones doctors use as a last-ditch option.

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