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Portland, Ore., Becomes Latest Fluoride Battleground

Portland, Ore., is the largest American city not to add fluoride to its drinking water. Activists have been vocal, for and against a proposal to change that. The science shows that fears of side effects from small amounts of fluoride to protect teeth are unfounded.
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More Americans Have Health Insurance, But Not Many More

The Census Bureau reported a decline in the number of Americans without coverage in 2011. But the ranks of the uninsured remain pretty high.
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How Cheap Can Lipitor Get? Try Free

Some grocery chains are now offering free atorvastatin, the generic version of Lipitor, at their pharmacies. The cholesterol drug requires a prescription, but now you don't need insurance or cash to get the pills.
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McDonald's Adds Calorie Counts And Maybe Grilled McNuggets To Menu

McDonald's moves ahead of the pack to place prominent calorie counts on its menu boards and rethinks those fried chicken nuggets kids love. It's part of a broader move the company is making to address health concerns.
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Survey: Health Premiums Rise By Small Percentage

Average health care premiums rose by a mere 4 percent this year, according to a new survey. That's the smallest increment in more than a decade. But experts aren't sure whether that slowdown will last.
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Where Traffic Noise Takes A Toll On Health

Too many bad nights' sleep can raise the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure. Researchers say highway noise should be added to the list of environmental pollutants.

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