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State Bill Outlaws Use Of Fetuses In Food Industry

An Oklahoma Senate bill that prohibits "the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses" has some folks scratching their heads, and wondering if it's real.
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Hospitals Take Page From Frequent Traveler Programs

To attract and keep new patients, hospitals are offering a range of special benefits, including free or low-cost health screenings and educational sessions on diet and exercise. There's also free valet parking for a lucky few.
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Not Your Grandmother's Hospital Food

Gone are the days when hospital food all looked the same. Now, some hospitals are hiring full-service chefs to accommodate the refined tastes of moneyed clientele. Others have allowed fast food chains like McDonald's to set up shop in their cafeterias.
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Women Report More Pain Than Men From Same Ailments

Women don't suffer in silence. They report feeling more pain than men from such common conditions as ankle sprains and sinus infections, a Stanford study finds. A better understanding of gender differences in pain could lead to better treatments.
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Move To Legalize Marijuana In Virginia Easy As ABC

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A Democratic delegate out of Alexandria, Va. wants the commonwealth to explore the potential economic impact if marijuana was allowed to be sold in liquor stores.

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First Hints That Stem Cells Can Help Patients Get Better

Sue Freeman, 78, is one of two women who appear to have unexpectedly regained some of their vision while taking part in a study testing the safety of an embryonic stem-cell therapy. The findings, if confirmed, could mark a landmark step in stem cell therapy, but everyone involved in the work is being very cautious about how they describe these results.
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New Generation Grapples With Roe V. Wade

It's been 39 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 50 states. But last year, states passed a record number of laws that made getting abortions tougher, including one that bars insurance companies from covering the procedure. Host Michel Martin speaks discusses abortion rights today with three female university students. Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.

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