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How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido's Brain

Anyone who's had MRI knows how hard it is to lie motionless. But the dogs that participated in this brain-scanning experiment aced the test. Maybe the treats did it.
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Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable

The Food and Drug Administration says the long list of side effects read rapidly at the end of pharmaceutical ads may be too much for people to grasp. The agency is looking at a streamlined approach.
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As Deadline Nears, State Insurance Exchanges Still A Mixed Bag

Some of the 14 states running their own health insurance marketplaces lag behind the federal site in meeting enrollment goals. States doing better kept the IT goals relatively simple, reviewers say.
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Doctors Urge Patience, And Longer Labor, To Reduce C-Sections

For many women, a safe, healthy labor lasts longer than the times cited as normal, according to guidelines from the nation's obstetricians. Giving women more time ups the odds of a vaginal delivery.
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Flu Strikes Younger Adults Hard This Year

Middle-aged and younger adults are being hospitalized at much higher rates than usual. Lower vaccination rates appear to be one reason behind the trend.
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Tiny Iron Particles Help Find Cancer Without Using Risky Radiation

CT scans are good at finding cancer, but their hefty dose of X-rays increases the risk of future cancers. Children are especially vulnerable. A new form of MRI can find tumors without radiation.
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Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants

More than half of people surveyed said ratings of doctors on the Web helped them pick which physician to see. Yet many ratings are based on only a few patient reviews, which can skew the results.
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Insurance, Not Injuries, May Determine Who Goes To Trauma Centers

People with severe injuries tend to fare much better at specialized trauma centers than in typical emergency rooms. But a study suggests less equipped hospitals are hanging on to patients who can pay.
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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a small but growing trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.
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As Execution Drugs Run Dry, Attention Turns To Source Of Shortage

The U.S. is experiencing a nationwide shortage of the drugs commonly used in lethal injections. The situation has stirred controversy not only in the U.S. but in Europe, as well.

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