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Amgen To Buy Onyx In $10.4 Billion Deal

There's been a major acquisition in the drug industry. Amgen Inc, the world's largest biotechnology company is buying Onyx Pharmaceuticals. The deal is valued at $10.4 billion. Amgen has high hopes for Onyx's cancer drugs.
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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.
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Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida

Dengue fever was commonplace in Florida until the 1930s. Air conditioning, window screens and better mosquito control helped break the dengue cycle. Now the mosquito-borne illness is back.
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A Chat With The Doctor Can Help Kids Resist Smoking

Having doctors talk to children and parents about the harms of smoking does help keep school-age children and teens from using tobacco. Even sending a brochure or other materials to a child's home can help.
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Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say

The flavors may be sweet, but it's still tobacco. That's why tobacco control advocates are trying to restrict sales of candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products, which they say lure in teenagers.
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Kids With Costly Medical Issues Get Help, But Not Enough

Children with multiple medical problems are a huge expense for state Medicaid programs. Critics say that care could be managed better, saving money and reducing unnecessary tests and treatments.
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Hospice Doctor Helps Families Navigate The End Of Life

In this week's Sunday Conversation, host Rachel Martin talks with Dr. David Casarett, director of hospice care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, about end-of-life decisions.
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The Same Tents That Seal Storms Out Can Seal Carbon Monoxide In

If the weather on your campout turns ugly, you may be tempted to fire up the stove inside the tent to cook or get warm. Don't, say emergency room toxicologists, or risk a potentially lethal buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide.
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Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say

An analysis allays concerns that Medicare beneficiaries may have trouble getting in to see doctors. Access has been stable and is on par, or a little better, than for people with private health insurance.
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To Reduce Prejudice, Try Sharing Passions And Cultures

Travelers can tell you that getting a glimpse into another person's culture can help erase ethnic prejudices. A laboratory experiment found that to be true, but only if people feel that they have a choice in the matter.

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