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Thousands Rally For Religious Freedom Nationwide

People gathered around the country Friday to protest the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate on birth control coverage. They're also protesting what they see as a wider abridgment of religious liberties. While the protesters don't reflect most Americans' views, they do represent the views of evangelicals.
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Europe's Mixed Record On Animal Antibiotics

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to proceed with a 1977 plan to outlaw the use of certain antibiotics as growth promotion drugs for livestock. American farmers are unsure about how this could impact their industry, but there's a real-world example that provides some answers: Europe, and specifically Denmark.
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Why Getting Grimy As A Child Can Make For A Healthier Life

The so-called hygiene hypothesis is right. Scientists say they've figured out how exposure to germs in infancy reduces the risk of allergies and other immune system problems.
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The Legal Wunderkind Challenging The Health Law

Paul Clement is the lead lawyer for those challenging Obama's health care law in the Supreme Court next week. Clement is described as a walking superlative — once the youngest-ever U.S. solicitor general and now, at 45, a pre-eminent advocate who has argued an astonishing 57 cases before the court.
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Anti-Abortion Free Speech Case Heads To Federal Court

Lawyers for the city of Baltimore and Montgomery County urged a three-judge panel to reverse a ruling requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to post signs stating that they don't provide medical services.
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Whooping Cough Bacteria May Be Changing Their Ways In Australia

Whooping cough has reappeared in the U.S. and other developed countries in recent years, despite widespread use of vaccines. Researchers in Australia offer a partial explanation: they say the vaccine isn't tailored to fight some of the most common strains of the bacteria.
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Picture An Embryo

As part of an NIH-funded project, Bradley Smith, associate dean for creative work, research and graduate education at the University of Michigan, posted a collection of optical images and MRI scans of human embryos to the web. Intended for a clinical audience, Smith talks about the unexpected response he got from the public.

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