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Looking For Free Condoms? There's A Health Department App For That

State and local public health departments are turning to apps as to help them reach people when they need help the most. Birth control finders, recipe tweakers and searchable restaurant inspections are in the mix.
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Diverse Gut Microbes, A Trim Waistline And Health Go Together

Lean people tend to have many more kinds of intestinal bacteria than obese people. Having too few species, regardless of your weight, appears to increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
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Despite Distaste For Health Law, Americans Oppose Defunding

The most common reason people said defunding is a bad idea boiled down to a feeling that using the budget process to undermine a law on the books isn't the way government in this country should work.
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Wal-Mart To Offer Same-Sex Health Benefits

Retailing giant Wal-Mart has announced it will extend comprehensive medical benefits to domestic and legally married same-sex partners beginning next year. Wal-Mart is the single biggest U.S. employer outside of the federal government.
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New Accessible Playground Rules May Not Go Far Enough

Last year, the federal government made accessible playgrounds a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But whether children with disabilities are able to enjoy their new civil rights may depend on where they live.
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Vaccinating Babies For Rotavirus Protects The Whole Family

Since the rollout the rotavirus vaccine for infants in 2006, the spillover benefits to children and adults who weren't immunized have been enormous. Hospitalizations due to the stomach virus have dramatically declined in those populations, too.
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After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way

The nation with the worst HIV epidemic on the planet is finally turning the corner on the disease. South Africa is simplifying AIDS care and giving antiviral drugs to nearly 2 million people every day.
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Patients Love A Gentler Approach To Surgery, But Surgeons Balk

There's no evidence of benefit for many of the procedures surgeons subject patients to. A few hospitals are getting rid of time-honored practices, like fasting before an operation, because studies have found that patients come out stronger and happier without them. But traditions are hard to change.
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More Stroke Patients Now Get Clotbusting Drug

Many stroke patients are getting treatment with a drug that dissolves blood clots. The approach was once controversial. But giving the drug to eligible patients within a few hours of a stroke's first symptoms can prevent disability.
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For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play

Parent advocates and a new federal law making accessible play areas a civil right are changing the landscape for public playgrounds.

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