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Does Mother's Abortion History Affect Baby's Birth Weight?

Researchers from the University of Helsinki found that, similar to previous, smaller studies, having had an abortion prior to giving birth for the first time is associated with a risk of low birth weight or giving birth prematurely. But the risk is very small.
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A Troubling Rise In Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

A study examining the effectiveness of second line drugs for tuberculosis finds that extensively drug-resistant TB is spreading at an alarmingly high rate around the world. Its widespread prevalence in South Africa is forcing doctors to change the way they treat this emerging epidemic.
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Opinions Split On Ryan's Medicare Plan

At the Republican National Convention, delegates from the region say Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare isn't a liability.

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Subtracting Calories May Not Add Years To Life

A study, which started back in 1987, shows that monkeys fed a diet with 30 percent fewer calories than normal did not live unusually long lives. Researchers say the results are a good indication of how caloric restriction might affect the life spans of people.
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Mysterious New 'Heartland Virus' Discovered In Missouri

So far, two Missouri farmers are the only known cases of the tick-borne virus in the world. But experts are sure they'll find more. The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence.
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South Dakota Hit As West Nile Virus Spreads

The West Nile virus is continuing to spread around the country, including into the Dakotas, which are among the hardest hit states.

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