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Democrats Lose Enthusiasm For Health Law

For the first time since President Obama signed it into law in March 2010, more than half of those polled — 51 percent — told researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation they had an unfavorable view of the measure overhauling health care. Only 34 percent said they viewed the law favorably, a post-passage low.
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Scientists Underscore Drugs' Impact On Waterways

Drugs like anti-depressants and hormones from birth control are known to find their way into area waterways -- so don't flush those pills, turn them in.

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Hormones And Metabolism Conspire Against Dieters

Willpower will only take you so far, in case you haven't run that experiment yourself. Turns out our bodies have a fuel gauge, not entirely unlike the gas gauge in our cars, that tell us when it's time to tank up on food. Dieting can make the gauge go haywire.
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Workplaces Feel The Impact of Obesity

From cubicle farms to auto factories, accommodating larger and heavier employees has become a fact of life. One in three U.S. adults is obese, and researchers say the impact on business can be boiled down to a number: $1,000 to $6,000 in added cost per year for each obese employee.
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The Ethics Of Administering The Anthrax Vaccine

Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that the Obama administration is trying to decide whether scientists should administer an anthrax vaccine to healthy children. The vaccine may protect them against a bioterrorism attack, but scientists wonder if it's an unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, precaution. Melissa Block talks to Rob Stein of The Washington Post about the medical, and ethical, debate.

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