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A Chat With The Doctor Can Help Kids Resist Smoking

Having doctors talk to children and parents about the harms of smoking does help keep school-age children and teens from using tobacco. Even sending a brochure or other materials to a child's home can help.
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Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say

The flavors may be sweet, but it's still tobacco. That's why tobacco control advocates are trying to restrict sales of candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products, which they say lure in teenagers.
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Kids With Costly Medical Issues Get Help, But Not Enough

Children with multiple medical problems are a huge expense for state Medicaid programs. Critics say that care could be managed better, saving money and reducing unnecessary tests and treatments.
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Hospice Doctor Helps Families Navigate The End Of Life

In this week's Sunday Conversation, host Rachel Martin talks with Dr. David Casarett, director of hospice care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, about end-of-life decisions.
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The Same Tents That Seal Storms Out Can Seal Carbon Monoxide In

If the weather on your campout turns ugly, you may be tempted to fire up the stove inside the tent to cook or get warm. Don't, say emergency room toxicologists, or risk a potentially lethal buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide.
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Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say

An analysis allays concerns that Medicare beneficiaries may have trouble getting in to see doctors. Access has been stable and is on par, or a little better, than for people with private health insurance.
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To Reduce Prejudice, Try Sharing Passions And Cultures

Travelers can tell you that getting a glimpse into another person's culture can help erase ethnic prejudices. A laboratory experiment found that to be true, but only if people feel that they have a choice in the matter.
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Another Study Of Preemies Blasted Over Ethical Concerns

The study randomly assigns preemies to one group that will get blood transfusions when their anemia is relatively mild or another that won't get them until the anemia is severe. Researchers want to see which approach is better at reducing deaths and brain damage. Critics say the doctors haven't leveled with parents about the risks.
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Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

The doyenne of TV chefs imparted much wisdom to American cooks, but one piece of Child's advice you should ignore is to wash your raw poultry before cooking. It spreads germs. Everywhere. Yet studies suggest 90 percent of Americans do it, so food safety researchers are launching a campaign to squash the habit.
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Obamacare To Force Millions To Upgrade Insurance

Despite promises by President Obama that people can keep the insurance they have once Obamacare is in full effect, millions will have to upgrade their policies to meet the benefit standards laid out by the Affordable Care Act. The measure will be in full swing this January.

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