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Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren't Free Of Antibiotics

Both fruits are vulnerable to a nasty disease called fire blight that can devastate orchards. So organic labeling standards allow for antibiotics to be used on apple and pear trees. That exemption is set to end in 2014 — but growers say they need a little more time.
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Patent Medicines Get A Belated Chemical Checkup

Researchers put some old elixirs and pills in the Henry Ford Museum's large collection of patent medicines to a modern test. They found a mix of potentially harmful metals like lead and mercury along with benign ingredients, including calcium and iron.
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Companies On The Move Look For Healthy Workers

Penny-pinching CEOs are relocating businesses to places with fitter workers and lower health costs. Colorado, where adult obesity rates are low, is playing up its health advantage as it tries to lure companies to move.
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Medicaid Expansion A Step In The Right Direction For Some Virginia Residents

Half a million Virginia residents could see receive better medical coverage if an expansion of Medicaid is approved in the Commonwealth.

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Genetically Modified Rat Is Promising Model For Alzheimer's

Drug companies have developed several Alzheimer's drugs that seemed to work in mice, but did not help people with the disease. So scientists have created a rat with human genes in hopes of getting a better model for testing the drugs.
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How A Spring Birthday Could Pose A Risk For Multiple Sclerosis

Babies born in London in May have less vitamin D and more of a certain type of immune cell in their blood than babies born at other times. Researchers say the differences might help explain why people born in the spring are more likely to get multiple sclerosis.

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