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1-800-GET-THIN Campaign Under Fire

Surgeons and surgical centers associated with the weight loss ad campaign 1-800-GET-THIN are under fire. Five patients have died in Southern California after having a surgical weight loss device called the Lap-Band implanted. Congress has gotten involved and the manufacturer of the device says it will no longer sell it to the surgeons and eight centers that are the focus of multiple investigations.
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Even When Employed, Health Care A Challenge

A little more than a year ago, NPR launched the Road Back to Work series, following six people in St. Louis who started 2011 unemployed and were searching for work. Like so many Americans, the people we followed have had difficulty getting health coverage, even after returning to work.
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Op-Ed: Va.'s Ultrasound Bill Is Unconstitutional

Virginia state legislators passed a bill requiring women to receive an ultrasound — which is conducted via transvaginal probe in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy — before having an abortion. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor for Slate magazine, calls the proposed law "an abomination."
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When Body Piercings Go Bad

Body piercings often come with complications, including infection and scarring. A new study recommends learning about possible complications before needle meets flesh. Prevention of problems is paramount.
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When Parents Are Addicts, What Happens To Kids?

Family, friends and fans flocked to New Jersey during the weekend for the funeral of Whitney Houston. The music legend was public about her struggle with substance abuse, and her daughter is one of millions who had to cope with that addiction. Host Michel Martin and a panel of parents discuss how parents' addictions affect their kids.
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How Using Antibiotics In Animal Feed Creates Superbugs

Researchers have shown how a bacterium resistant to antibiotic treatment passed from humans to pigs to humans. And now the new resistant human bug appears to be spreading beyond people with direct exposure to livestock.

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