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Laughing Gas Gets A Safety Check

There have been nagging questions about whether nitrous oxide during surgery raises the risk of heart attacks and other problems. Now, there's some reassurance, though no definitive answer, from a study that looked at the widely used anesthetic.
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Health Exchange Outreach Targets Latinos

States and the federal government have a big job to do when it comes to explaining to the uninsured how to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The success of the law will be judged in part by how many Latinos sign up.
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Weight Loss Doesn't Help Heart Health For Diabetics In Study

Researchers were surprised to find that people with Type 2 diabetes who lost a lot of weight didn't lower their risk of heart attacks or strokes. They did have better control of their blood sugar and saw other health benefits.
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Will GMOs Help Protect Ugandan Families Against Hunger?

If your meals depended largely on the success of your family farm, would it change the way you felt about new crop technologies? Uganda is debating whether to give its first genetically modified plant, a GM banana, to millions of families for free.
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Why Morning-After Pill Won't Stop All Unintended Pregnancies

The long battle for federal approval of Plan B emergency contraception appears to be over. But broader access to the medicine may not reduce the number of unintended pregnancies by much.
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Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers

Paying doctors to prescribe particular drugs is illegal. But drugmakers pay some doctors to talk with their peers about prescription drugs. The speakers say they aren't influenced by the money they get for promoting the drugs. But data show many of them are top prescribers of the medicines.
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Our Beef With BuzzFeed's Viral Article On 8 Dangerous Foods

BuzzFeed's article on dangerous ingredients we eat in the U.S. has gotten millions of eyeballs. But don't panic: We take a closer look at the facts and the science behind the claims.
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Could LeBron and RGIII Help Sell The Affordable Care Act?

Massachusetts got young men to sign up for health insurance by enlisting the Boston Red Sox. Now HHS is angling to repeat that success by getting NFL and NBA stars to help promote federal health insurance exchanges. And if that doesn't work, they might recruit Mom.
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Doctors Say Wait Longer Before Treating Kids' Sinus Infections

It's hard to know when to treat a child's sinus infections with antibiotics. Revised guidelines say it's OK to wait for 13 days to see if the infection goes away on its own. The pediatricians also say children shouldn't get X-rays to diagnose sinus infections after colds.
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The Unease Over Classifying Obesity As A Disease

More than 1 in 3 Americans are obese, and the problem isn't shrinking. The American Medical Association recently voted to classify obesity as a disease, but not everyone likes the decision. Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of medical experts about the pros and cons.

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