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Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

For regular drinkers, the New Year's resolution tradition may involve what's known as a dry January: giving up booze for a month. But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits? A small but intriguing study suggests yes.
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Life-Support Battle Over Pregnant Texas Woman Heads To Court

Marlise Munoz's husband says she is brain-dead and the health of the fetus in question, but the hospital says state law compels it to keep the woman alive. A judge hears the case Friday.
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Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of 4-MEI –listed as a carcinogen in California — in popular sodas. The chemical is created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown. Coke has reformulated its sodas to bring down levels, but Pepsi is still transitioning.
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Texas Issues Tough Rules For Insurance Navigators

The insurance commissioner in Texas has toughened regulations covering the workers helping people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Texas officials say the regulations are needed to protect consumer privacy. Supporters of the health law say they're an attempt to thwart Obamacare.
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Contagious Cancer In Dogs Leaves Prehistoric Paw Prints

Dogs can catch a strange type of cancer through sex. Now scientists have decoded the DNA of the tumor and found that the cancer cells are a living fossil of an ancient dog that lived thousands of years ago. This cancer doesn't affect people, but the findings may offer insights into how tumors fool the human immune system.
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How Will Medicare Pull Back The Curtain On Pay For Doctors?

After successful legal challenges, Medicare will soon begin to release data about how much it pays doctors. The details remain unknown, but three recent projects offer clues. Don't expect an app or website that will be easy for consumers to use.
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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand-new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.
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A Growth Factor Heals The Damage To A Preemie's Brain — In Mice

Scientists have shown that damage to the brain's "white matter" is responsible for many of the developmental problems that very premature infants often face. Now researchers have also demonstrated that it's possible to prevent that sort of damage in mice.
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In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage

Because North Carolina didn't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, many low-income people who could otherwise benefit from the law don't. But there are often ways to bump up their incomes just enough to help them qualify for subsidized coverage.
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How A Little Chill In The Air Could Help You Lose Weight

Researchers in the Netherlands suggest that something as simple as lowering temperatures in the office or at home can help people burn calories as they keep their body temperatures steady. Chilling out to shed pounds works best in combination with diet and exercise.

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