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Judge Reluctantly Approves Government Plan For Morning-After Pill

Women and teenagers should soon be able to buy emergency contraception with no age restrictions, according to a federal district judge's memorandum. But the Obama administration's plan will put just one brand-name formulation of the "morning after" pill on store shelves.
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Federal Judge To Face Rare Review Over Controversial Remarks

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones has come under fire over remarks some have called racist. Now, the Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit will conduct a rare formal disciplinary review.
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Could Brain Scans Reveal The Right Treatment For Depression?

Treating depression is a hit-or-miss process; the first treatment works less than half the time. Scientists say they may be able to use PET brain scans to tell whether antidepressants or cognitive behavioral therapy will work best. But tailored treatments are still far off.
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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin To Step Down

Benjamin, citing her work on disease prevention and wellness programs, will return to her home in southern Alabama to treat patients at the clinic she founded south of Mobile.
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Old McDonald Might Be A Lady: More Women Take Up Farming

The number of women running farms of all sizes has tripled since the early 1980s, according to the USDA. Economists say that more women are seeing opportunities to try farming, especially if they already have an off-farm job.
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Dozens Hurt In Explosion At Chemical Plant Near Baton Rouge

Police say they aren't yet sure how many people might have been hurt at the factory that produces flammable hydrocarbons.
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Natural DNA Cannot Be Patented, Supreme Court Rules

A Utah biotech company argued that its discovery of two genes highly associated with breast and ovarian cancer deserved to be patented. A unanimous court disagreed. Researchers, medical groups and patients had been pushing for the patent to be denied.
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New York Hospitals Shelve Rivalries For Proton Beam Project

Instead of waiting for individual hospitals to apply to build proton centers, a health planning council solicited proposals, promising to favor collaborative approaches. A five-hospital group that teamed with a private company got the go-ahead to build in New York City.

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