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Popular Contraceptive In Africa Increases HIV Risk

The latest in a series of studies lends support to the possibility that the most popular form of birth control in many African countries — an injectable contraception that lasts for three months — is linked to an increased risk of HIV infection. Women using this type of birth control were twice as likely to become infected and nearly twice as likely to pass the virus to their male partners, compared to women not using hormonal contraception. Health experts are dismayed by the possibility, which, if true, is a setback for both family planning and HIV prevention. The World Health Organization is calling experts together to figure out what to do next.
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Mental First Aid: How To Help In An Emotional Crisis

While many Americans are trained in first aid and CPR, few are prepared to help others experiencing a mental health crisis. But new courses in mental health first aid are starting to change that. By the end of the year, educators say some 50,000 people will have taken a mental health first aid class.
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Pharmacies Inject Convenience Into Flu Shot Market

The majority of Americans still get their flu shot at the doctor's office, but an increasing number head to the pharmacy. Some pharmacies even offer the shots 24 hours a day. Nationwide, the number of pharmacists trained to deliver vaccines has nearly quadrupled since 2007.
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Feds Crack The Whip On California Marijuana Shops

Federal officials are targeting California medical marijuana dispensaries closest to schools, parks, sports fields and other places where children are present.
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Impotence Drug Approved To Treat Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

Cialis, a popular remedy for impotence, has now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It's the ninth drug okayed for relieving those symptoms but the only one approved for both uses.
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Local Restaurants Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer

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Local food bloggers and restaurants are teaming up for campaign to raise breast cancer awareness in the month of October.

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Influential Panel Gives Thumbs Down To Routine Prostate Cancer Test

Routine testing of men's blood to detect prostate cancer is unwarranted, and causes more harm than good, according to findings of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The panel of experts sets the agenda for doctors and, increasingly, insurance payments.

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