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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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Find Accessible Playgrounds Near You

A community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds. So far, we've identified more than 1,200. Help us find more.
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Health Insurance Exchanges Prompt Consumers' Questions

In October, online health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, will open for business. As the start date nears, people's questions about the particulars of buying insurance on the exchanges are streaming in.
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Amgen To Buy Onyx In $10.4 Billion Deal

There's been a major acquisition in the drug industry. Amgen Inc, the world's largest biotechnology company is buying Onyx Pharmaceuticals. The deal is valued at $10.4 billion. Amgen has high hopes for Onyx's cancer drugs.
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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.
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Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida

Dengue fever was commonplace in Florida until the 1930s. Air conditioning, window screens and better mosquito control helped break the dengue cycle. Now the mosquito-borne illness is back.

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