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Fluoride In Drinking Water? No Thanks, Says Florida County

Public health officials say the evidence is solid that fluoridated drinking water helps protect teeth. But that hasn't stopped opponents from lobbying local governments against the practice.
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The Pill: Not Just For Pregnancy Prevention

Among the reasons for using oral contraception other than the most obvious one are reducing cramps associated with periods, regulating periods, which for some women can prevent menstrual-related migraine headaches.
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Meeting Child Victims' Needs After Sexual Abuse

In the wake of high-profile child sex abuse scandals, the public often focuses on the accused. Victims and their needs often draw far less attention. Experts who work with young victims explain how children respond to abuse, and what treatment options can help them cope with the aftermath.
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Teaching Kids About Sexual Abuse: It's OK To Tell

Amid the Penn State scandal, host Michel Martin explores how parents can teach kids to flag inappropriate behavior from adults. Martin hears from a childhood sexual abuse survivor, a pediatrician, and two regular parenting contributors. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)
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Hospitals Offer Alternative Treatments: Acupuncture, Yes; Ginkgo, No

A survey finds 42 percent of hospitals offer at least one type of complementary or alternative medicine treatment. Those hospitals that offer the options cite patient demand as the top reason. Clinical effectiveness is the No. 2 reason.
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Drug Shortages Affect More Than Half A Million Cancer Patients

So far this year, there have been shortages of more than 200 drugs, including treatments for cancer and high blood pressure. Cancer drugs have been hit the worst, and an analysis estimates 550,000 patients in the U.S. have been affected.

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