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OB-GYNs Say No Prescription Should Be Needed To Get The Pill

Easier access to oral contraceptives could reduce unintended pregnancies, doctors say. But the Food and Drug Administration would have to allow purchases of the pill without a prescription, and that's not going to happen anytime soon.
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Bertolini: Health Care Waste Fix Would Trim Deficit

Washington lawmakers are still working to avoid the fiscal cliff. That's the expiring of tax cuts at the end of the year and deep spending cuts that could throw the economy into recession. A group of top CEOs has been urging lawmakers to reach a deal. Renee Montagne talks to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini about the fiscal cliff and health care.
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Patients With Online Access To Doctors May Make More Office Visits

Previous research has found that patients with online access to their doctors made fewer trips to the doctor's office. But a large, just-published study shows just the opposite: Patients who can email their physicians may schedule more visits.
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Making Sense Of Colors And Shapes In The Toilet

No one really wants to think about what goes down the drain when you flush. But sometimes, you've got to look to see what your bowels are telling you about your health. Doctors have been decoding our pee and poo since medieval times. They've even developed handy visual guides.
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Virginia Democrats Call For Special Session On Insurance Exchange

Virginia Democrats are trying to push back against Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to use the federal health insurance exchange, calling for a special session of the state legislature before the deadline.

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Coconut Conservationist Seeks Pacific Islands For Fun And Palm Preservation

Are the sources for your trendy coconut water and oil in danger? Not yet, says a French scientist, but he has an elaborate vision for how to overcome the coconut's biological challenges and ensure that the plant's dozens of varieties stick around for a long time.

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