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Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back Fat Tax

Denmark plans to abolish its fat tax after barely a year, citing hardships on business and the poor. And while some Danes might celebrate by spreading on the "toothbutter," other countries are watching closely for signs of whether regulating food works as a way to get people to eat healthier.

Malaria-Like Disease Follows Lyme's Path In New England

Although Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infection in New England, researchers find that babesiosis, a disease that mimics malaria, is catching up. The swelling population of white-tailed deer and the ticks that feed on their blood may be why.

Georgia Immigration Law Trips Up Doctors And Nurses

A new immigration law in Georgia requires everyone licensed by the state to prove citizenship. But the law is having an unintended consequence: many health care workers, included doctors and nurses, are losing their licenses because of a paperwork backlog.
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Local Leaders Try Eating On $5 Per Day

Could you eat for just $5 a day? Hundreds of Montgomery County, Md., officials and employees tried it last week to raise awareness about hunger in the affluent county, but some people who struggle to buy food found the week-long challenge offensive.


How To Start Talking Details With Aging Parents

A lot of adult children will be traveling home for the holidays. Experts say those visits are a perfect time to talk with aging loved ones about medical care, insurance and important documents. Host Michel Martin talks about how to start that conversation with senior care expert Tami Cumings and The Wall Street Journal's Christopher John Farley.
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Combatting Childhood Obesity

Obese and overweight kids are more likely to have health, emotional and behavioral problems. But because of our cultural sensitivities and the emotions caught up in the issue, helping a child lose weight can be an overwhelming challenge.