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Scientists Race To Stay Ahead Of New Bird Flu Virus

"The top priority is diagnosis — the capability to be able to pick up this virus, should it emerge outside of China," says virologist John McCauley. Flu researchers are getting started on creating a vaccine, but there are still many unknowns.
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Wait For Obamacare Price Tags Could Last Months

In many states the deadlines for companies to file their insurance for sale on new exchanges aren't until late May. Some states with early deadlines have no plans to disclose the rates anytime soon.
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Bands Aren't The Only Things That Incubate At Music Festivals

As the start of Coachella this weekend reminds us, tis the season for outdoor music festivals. But great bands aren't the only things these massive, multiday gatherings can foster. Two recent studies document how such events can be breeding grounds for foodborne illnesses that rock your belly.
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As New Flu Cases Rise In China, U.S. Steps Up Its Response

Infections with a new flu strain have increased, with three to five cases reported daily. The virus, carried by birds, doesn't appear to spread between people. Still, health officials in the U.S. are preparing to screen travelers and develop a vaccine.
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Virginia Board Votes To Tighten Abortion Clinic Standards

The Virginia Board of Health voted 11-2 to approve new strict regulations that some abortion-rights supporters say would force about 20 clinics to close.
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Down The Gullet: A Guided Tour Of Your Guts

In Gulp. Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, science writer Mary Roach takes a journey through the gut, from the secret healing powers of saliva to the taxonomy of poop. Along the trip, she serves up odd medical anecdotes, such as the story of William Beaumont, an eccentric surgeon who once ate chicken from another man's stomach.
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Looking To Nature For Antibiotic Inspirations

Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacterial cells, employ an arsenal of chemical weapons. Microbiologist Vincent Fischetti of Rockefeller University describes using tricks learned from the phage in developing new antibiotics that may be effective even where others fail.

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