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Zika Virus Acquired Through Sexual Transmission, Texas Officials Say

A person has been infected through sexual contact, according to Dallas County health officials. Previously, experts had warned the virus was spread through mosquito bites.
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How Much Harm Can The Zika Virus Really Do?

Researchers are looking into the possible link to birth defects — and suspected cases of hearing loss in adults. First they need a fast test to identify the virus.
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White House Proposes $1 Billion Fund To Combat Opioid Abuse

The White House is proposing more than $1 billion in new funding to fight heroin and opioid drug abuse.
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'Forked' Rates Restaurants On How They Treat Their Workers

More restaurants are offering better wages, benefits and working conditions for employees. A new book rates dozens of restaurants and scolds the ones taking the "low road" to profitability.
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Controversial Emergency Manager Of Detroit's Public Schools Resigns

Darnell Earley has been criticized over poor school conditions in Detroit. Earlier, he oversaw the city of Flint's switch to a new water source that led to elevated lead levels.
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A Peek Inside Turing Pharmaceuticals: 'Another $7.2 Million. Pow!'

Congressional investigators have pried loose emails showing how the company's executives anticipated huge profits from a 5,000 percent drug price increase. They were blindsided by the blowback.
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Study Suggests Surgical Residents Can Safely Work Longer Shifts

Researchers tested whether loosening restrictions on the work schedules of doctors in training would lead to more harm to patients.
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David Linden: Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

Our body's touch circuits involve complex connections between the brain, nerves and skin. A leading neuroscientist explains how the sensation of touch works — and its powerful link to pain and emotion.

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Few States Use Health Law Option For Low-Cost Plans

New York and Minnesota are offering an inexpensive insurance alternative allowed under the federal health law that provides some low-income people with more affordable coverage.
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Could Uber Be MetroAccess Alternative? Montgomery Co. Coalition Opposes Idea

Metro is looking for cheaper alternatives to MetroAccess service in Montgomery County, but many, including disability rights activists, want to avoid ride-hailing apps like Uber because of their poor track record serving people with disabilities.

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