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FDA OKs Prescription-Free Plan B For All Ages, Ending Battle

The morning-after pill for emergency contraception was first approved by the FDA way back in 1999. Since then, activists have been fighting with two administrations to allow over-the-counter sales to women and teenagers. Now, after a long legal fight, the agency has agreed. We put together a timeline to recap the saga.
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Humble Pie And Doughnut Burgers In The Barbershop

The NBA finals, obesity, George Zimmerman's jury, and Paula Deen. It's all up for discussion in the Barbershop. Guest host Celeste Headlee gets the lowdown on the week's news with the Barbershop guys.
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Obesity Is A 'Disease.' Now What?

Obesity is now classified as a disease, according to the American Medical Association. David Kessler is the former Commissioner of the FDA and author of the book, The End of Overeating. He speaks to guest host Celeste Headlee about this week's decision, and how it could impact America's overeating epidemic.
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With Health Exchanges Poised To Open, PR Push Draws Scrutiny

The nonprofit Enroll America wants to encourage uninsured Americans to sign up for the exchanges when the time comes. Though the group has support across industries and from the Health and Human Services secretary, it's still been hit by congressional controversy.
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How Circadian Rhythms Give Vegetables A Healthy Boost

A study finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested. Plants use circadian rhythms to help them judge when to turn on their chemical defenses.
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MacGyver Says: Don't Mix Teenage Boys And Homemade Bombs

Making low-power bombs with household chemicals like toilet bowl cleaner may seem like harmless summer fun. Not so, says the CDC. The bombs can cause burns and lung injuries, not to mention a visit from the local hazardous materials squad. Leave the bomb-making to TV hero MacGyver.
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At A Texas Base, Battling Army's Top Threat: Suicide

Suicide killed more U.S. troops last year than combat in Afghanistan, a trend that's likely to continue this year. The causes and remedies are complicated, but Fort Bliss in Texas has bucked the trend. Suicides have declined there, after implementation of an interactive suicide prevention program.
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PTSD Plagues 1 In 4 Survivors Of Stroke

The fear and anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by medical crises like a stroke or heart attack, researchers say. They think that's partly due to the life-threatening medical emergency, and partly due to the chaos of the American health care system.
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WHO Finds Violence Against Women Is 'Shockingly' Common

The first comprehensive global study to be conducted finds that domestic violence kills many women and leaves others with long-standing physical and mental health problems, including sexually transmitted diseases and depression.
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Outbreak In Saudi Arabia Echoes SARS Epidemic 10 Years Ago

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome emerged a year ago in Saudi Arabia, although the world didn't find out about it until September, when researchers said it was caused by a previously unknown virus that's in the same family as SARS.

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