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Tylenol Bottles: Hard To Open For 30 Years

In the days when over-the-counter drugs weren't so tamper-proof, seven people died taking poisoned Tylenol. Packaging has tightened up since then, and today, the way Johnson & Johnson handled the situation is still considered textbook crisis management.
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Local Counties Recommend Flu Shot For All This Year

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Shortages have relegated flu shots to the vulnerable in years past, but now health officials are recommending that everybody get vaccinated.

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Virginia Horse Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Animal health officials in Virginia are urging horse owners to check vaccination records after one horse contracted West Nile virus.

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Holy Bat Virus! Genome Hints At Origin Of SARS-Like Virus

Virologists have published the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, which has killed one man and hospitalized another. The mystery virus is most closely related to coronaviruses that infect bats in Southeast Asia. But this doesn't necessarily mean that the men caught the virus directly from bats.
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Grieving Pet Owners Want Imported Dog Treats Pulled From Shelves

Angry pet owners who believe contaminated Waggin' Train chicken jerky strips killed their pets are targeting the stores that sell them. Meanwhile, the FDA says it doesn't have enough evidence to issue a recall.
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For Best Toilet Health: Squat Or Sit?

Passionate advocates believe that squatting over the toilet is a more healthful position than sitting down on one. They say the posture can alleviate problems like hemorrhoids. One company is making stools to help people get closer to the squat.
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Some Grumble About Change As School Lunches Get Leaner And Greener

Federal guidelines introduced in The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 have started to go into effect this school year. That means lunches feature more fruits and vegetables, and fewer processed foods. It's a big change for students who are used to tater tots and pizza.
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'Cocaine For Snowblindness': What Polar Explorers Packed For First Aid

The list of items that early Antarctic explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert F. Scott packed in their medical kits reads like a "witch's grimoire." Along with strange items like fish swim bladders and 'gold-beater's skin" were psycho-active drugs believed to be medically useful.

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