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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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Panel Recommends HPV Vaccine For Boys, Too

The vaccine helps protect men against anal and throat cancers that can occur after sexual activity. It may also protect women, indirectly, by reducing transmission of HPV. Public health officials have been trying since 2006 to get parents to have their daughters vaccinated, but rates remain low.
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Medicare Open Enrollment Met With Confusion

The window to change coverage plans for roughly 40 million Americans covered under the federal health plan comes early in 2011. In addition to the usual questions, the new health care law brings a number of changes, and many expect the deficit debate to further affect Medicare recipients.

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