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Activists Sue U.N. Over Cholera That Killed Thousands In Haiti

A cholera outbreak in Haiti was likely triggered by United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed there after a 2010 earthquake. A human rights groups wants the U.N. to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak and to compensate Haitian families.
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An Innovation For Pain Relief That's Worthy Of Some Buzz

With a son who had a phobia of needles, Dr. Amy Baxter stumbled upon a solution: a high-frequency vibrating ice pack that helps disrupt pain signals on their way to the brain. She stuck a cute bee on the front, won a $1 million federal health grant, and the product now known as Buzzy was born.
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Shinseki: Shutdown Means Veterans Will Not Get Benefits

The veterans affairs secretary warns that about 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the stalemate continues,
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Debate Over Prescription Painkiller Regulations

The number of deaths in the U.S. from narcotic painkillers has quadrupled since 1999. But the FDA’s new recommendations for tightening restrictions on narcotics is prompting concerns about pain management.

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Nobel Goes To Scientists Who Took Chemistry Into Cyberspace

The three scientists sharing the 2013 Nobel Prize for chemistry developed computerized tools for studying complex molecules, such as enzymes and the photosynthesis machinery. These techniques allow engineers to design drugs and new chemical reactions more quickly and cheaply.
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Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The treatment would allow doctors to replace the genetic glitches in one human egg with healthy DNA from a donor egg. Ethicists are concerned because any changes to eggs or sperm could be passed on for generations to come.
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Shifting Resources To Front Lines Could Protect Polio Workers

Bombs targeting polio vaccinators have threatened the global effort to stamp out the disease once and for all. The attacks are likely to continue, researchers warned, unless there's a change in eradication strategy toward local action.
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Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It's On The Job

An estimated 278 people in multiple states have been sickened by an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken. Despite stories suggesting otherwise, USDA says its work on the outbreak hasn't been hampered by the federal government shutdown. CDC is calling back about 30 furloughed staffers to help with its response.
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State Health Exchanges: The Good, The Bad, And The Glitches

Melissa Block speaks with Jocelyn Guyer from the health policy consulting firm Manatt Health Solutions about the good and bad of the state health exchanges so far.
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Many Teens Admit To Coercing Others Into Sex

Sexual violence appears to have roots in adolescence, so researchers asked teenagers and young adults if they'd ever forced someone to have sexual activity against their will. About 1 in 10 had. Psychological pressure was the most common tactic.

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