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BPA-Free Plastics Going On Trial In Texas

The case focuses on a line of plastic resins made by Eastman Chemical. The resins don't contain BPA but may indeed act like estrogens, two other chemical companies allege. Eastman is suing.
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Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery

The anterior approach for total hip replacement involves going in through the front of the hip, rather than the back. Proponents say it speeds up recovery time. But recovery time has improved a lot with the traditional techniques, too, and there's not yet enough evidence to say this is better.
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U.S. House Bill Would Restrict D.C. From Funding Abortions

D.C. officials are watching a bill in the U.S. House that would bar the city from using its own tax dollars to provide abortions.

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Texas Abortion Fight Is Just One Of Many This Year

During the first half of 2013, more than a dozen states enacted 45 separate provisions restricting access to abortion. High-profile battles continue in Texas and North Carolina. The restrictions range from bans to stricter regulations of clinics.
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Wellness Programs In The Workplace

A growing number of companies are pushing employees to join programs that monitor obesity, blood pressure and heart health. Diane and her guests discuss the effectiveness of wellness programs.

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How Much Arsenic Is Safe In Apple Juice? FDA Proposes New Rule

The FDA's proposal would set a threshold of 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice — the same standard used for drinking water. In 2011, a pair of investigations raised alarms about the levels of inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen, in the juice.
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3-D Casts So Cool That You'll Almost Want To Break A Bone

Other than the addition of garish colors of fiberglass, there hasn't been much innovation in cast technology in what seems like forever. But a New Zealand designer is bringing the latest in 3-D printing to orthopedics.
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Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion

The history of the Medicare drug law, and Medicare itself, suggests that rough launches of health expansions don't necessarily signal a lasting failure. So, proponents say, even a misfire of the health exchanges wouldn't doom the federal overhaul.
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Will A Health Insurer Sponsor The Next 'Jackass' Movie?

Soon, all Americans will have to buy health insurance or pay a fine. This sounds like a marketer's dream. But when the product you're selling is health insurance, there are some pitfalls.
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Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

Farmers give antibiotics routinely to pigs, beef cattle and poultry. They say the drugs help keep animals healthy and get them to market faster. Others say this practice practically guarantees that bacteria will develop resistance to these antibiotics more quickly, endangering human lives and the long-term viability of the drugs.

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