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New Anti-Obesity Ads Blaming Overweight Parents Spark Criticism

Critics say the ads, created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, are condescending and could have a negative effect on people who are overweight. But the company stands by the ads, saying the obesity problem is so big, they needed to take dramatic action.
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Army Seeks To Curb Rising Tide Of Suicides

Nearly all soldiers in the Army will stop what they are doing Thursday to take part in suicide-prevention training. The Army "stand down" is aimed at slowing an alarming increase in suicide rates — on average, one soldier dies of suicide every day.
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Florida School District Requires Fit Custodians

Janitors suffer some of the highest rates of injury on the job. That costs employers millions of dollars in compensation and lost work time. A Florida school district decided to address the issue by instituting a fitness test for prospective custodians. But the test is so tough the district is having a hard time filling positions.
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Scientists Go Deep On Genes Of SARS-Like Virus

Scientists have partially decoded the genetic sequence of a new virus, which has killed one man and hospitalized another. Advances in sequencing technologies have helped health workers rapidly respond to the virus in ways that they couldn't during the SARS epidemic of 2002.
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Young African Americans Consume Higher Numbers Of Alcohol Ads

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African Americans below the drinking age are more likely to consume advertisements pushing alcohol than youths in general, according to a new study.

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Knee Replacements Are All The Rage With The Medicare Set

There are a lot more older people with worn-out knees, and the rate at which those people get knees replaced has gone way up in the last 20 years, too.

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