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Wrigley: Maybe We Won't Sell Caffeinated Gum After All

No caffeinated chew for you! The Wrigley Company pulled its Alert Energy caffeinated gum off the market after the product roused concern from the Food and Drug Administration.
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D.C. Shows 'Promising Beginnings' On Children's Mental Health Issues

When it comes to treating children with mental health issues, D.C. has made progress in some areas, but "bureaucratic fragmentation" has lead to deficiencies in others.

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Half Of States May Not Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

Florida is one of the latest states to decide to pass on the option to expand Medicaid coverage and have the feds pick up the tab. Over half of the states — including Texas and most of the states in the South — have decided against Medicaid expansion. We take a look at the consequences for hospitals and for millions of low-income Americans who, at least for now, will be left out of the healthcare overhaul.
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Government Data Reveals Wild Disparity In Health Care Costs

Data released for the first time by the government on Wednesday shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts. Government officials said that some of the variation might reflect the fact that some patients were sicker or required longer hospitalization. These charges are not paid by the government or by insurers, who set rates and pay according to them regardless of charges set by hospitals.
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Not All Antioxidants Halt Macular Degeneration

Supplements with the antioxidant lutein and omega-3 fatty acids didn't stop age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the United States, a new study suggests. But other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, do seem to help.
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Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is putting his money and time where his passion is: eradicating polio. Gates talks with NPR's Robert Siegel about why it makes sense to spend an estimated $5.5 billion to wipe out the disease once and for all.

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