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Furor Erupts Over Susan G. Komen Halt Of Grants To Planned Parenthood

The breast cancer charity says it has stopped the grants because of a congressman's investigation into whether Planned Parenthood has used public money to provide abortions. Planned Parenthood says Komen is bowing to political bullying.
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A Computer Beats A Pen For Getting Prescriptions Right

Hospitals see a huge drop in drug mistakes when doctors use a computer to write prescriptions, instead of pen and paper. Software can correct miscalculations, warn of allergic reactions and eliminate doctors' notoriously poor handwriting. But few hospitals have adopted the technology so far.
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Many In High-Risk Insurance Pools Face Lifetime Coverage Limits

Despite the federal overhaul of health care, people in the pools are left out because of a wrinkle in legal language. The high-risk pools aren't licensed as insurers in most states, so they're not subject to the federal law.
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Surprising Depression Treatments Show Promise

Traditional antidepressants like Prozac are widely used to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels, which researchers have long believed are at the root of depression. Research shows that other drugs, including ketamine — also known by its street name, Special K — may be more effective.
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More Than A Million Condoms Recalled In South Africa

The affected condoms — a government brand called Choice — were distributed early this month as part of the festivities marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the African National Congress.
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'I Wanted To Live': New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases

The anesthetic and club drug ketamine seems to lift depression symptoms in a matter of hours. But how does it work? Researchers are searching for the answer in an attempt to make a new class of depression medications. "We can take care of a migraine in hours," one researcher asks. "So why do we have to wait weeks or months with depression?"

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