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Denmark Taxes Butter And Fat, But Will It Work?

Denmark's population is not obese in large numbers, especially when compared to the U.S., Mexico, and the United Kingdom. And disgruntled Danes could just skip over to Sweden to buy butter and oil.
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Four Loko Maker To Make Alcohol Content More Prominent

The new labels, plus a resealable opening, came as the Federal Trade Commission alleged that Phusion Projects had understated the amount of alcohol in some of its products. The company agreed to make the changes despite disagreeing about the agency's claims.
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Cheap Marketing Techniques Help Kids Choose More Fruit

Child nutrition researchers at Cornell took away the standard lunch line treatment of fresh fruit at three schools, and put the produce into colorful, good-looking baskets near the cash register. The result? Double the sales.
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Nobelists Showed How Immune Defenses Work And Go Awry

The three scientists who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine opened important windows on how the immune system works to defend against microbial invaders and refrain from attacking animals' cells.
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In New Term, Supreme Court To Tackle Divisive Issues

The constitutional challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul almost certainly will be decided this term. Also making their way to the court are cases involving immigration, affirmative action, gay marriage and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The court starts with a dispute over Medicaid payments.
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Shortages Lead Doctors To Ration Critical Drugs

Drug shortages may be the new normal in U.S. medical care, experts say. Most drug shortages occur because something goes wrong in the manufacturing process that halts production.
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When Scientists Fail, It's Time To Call In The Gamers

For more than a decade, Researchers were stumped by the structure of a tiny protein that causes AIDS in rhesus monkeys. Eventually they turned to computer gamers, who figured out the protein's structure in just 10 days.

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