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The American Medical Association voted to urge the government to require high-salt foods to be labeled and also vowed to push the food industry to drastically cut the amount of salt in restaurant and processed foods. The goal would be 50% less salt w

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A doctor and a consumer group have sued KFC in an effort to stop the chicken chain from cooking with high-fat partially hydrogenated oil. Dr. Arthur Hoyte, a retired physician from Rockville, Md., and the Center for Science in the Public Interest,

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Reuters

The American Medical Association voted to refine its ethical guidelines that forbid doctors from participating in torture or "coercive" interrogations of prisoners. Prompted by unconfirmed allegations that physicians or psychiatrists played

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Associated Press

A main ingredient in beer may help prevent prostate cancer and enlargement. The ingredient is present in such small amounts that a person would have to drink more than 17 beers to benefit. [There has got to be a downside.]

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Tens of millions of low-income Americans will soon have to show their birth certificates or U.S. passports if they want to obtain health care through their state Medicaid programs. Federal law says only citizens, people granted asylum and legal immig

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LiveScience.com

There's hope for the health of Al Bundy, the fictional couch potato who spent most of his television life on a sofa, if he were to start exercising today. Physical inactivity can create loads of problems such as heart disease, diabetes and obe

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News Target

Did you know that many drugs are used legally in the US today for diseases and conditions they were never approved for? It's called off-label drug use, and it's a common practice that promotes the sale of prescription drugs and circumvents t

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Live Science

Studies showing the negative or null effects of vitamin supplements are so common that it is surprising doctors still find these studies to be surprising. Vitamins are not as simply as ABC.

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Associated Press

[Yummy!] Only four to seven cows in America are likely to have mad cow disease, according to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. The estimate comes from data from testing for the disease. Testing likely will be scaled back after a panel of independen

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Associated Press

In what appears to be an amazing success for American medicine, preliminary government figures released Wednesday showed that the annual number of deaths in the U.S. dropped by nearly 50,000 in 2004 — the biggest decline in nearly 70 years.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters)

Silicone breast implants do not affect the risk of cancer in women who have cosmetic surgery, according to a company-funded study released on Tuesday that said smoking habits, weight and giving birth had a greater impact.

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Associated Press

A state medical board has ordered 14 weight-loss businesses that perform a procedure called ear stapling to close their doors, alleging they are operating illegally. The businesses targeted receive compensation for offering treatment for obesity, Mor

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Associated Press

Consolidation among health insurers is creating near-monopolies in virtually all reaches of the United States. Data from the AMA show that in each of 43 states, a handful of top insurers have gained such a stronghold that their markets are considered

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The arrogance of elected government officials never ceases. However, in a welfare state society like that of the United States one cannot expect anything less. The Massachusetts legislature approved a bill last week that would force all residents o

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By William Faloon

The media has launched an assault against healthy lifestyles and some popular dietary supplements. The public has been thrust into a state of confusion by these frenzied media reports that contradict long-established scientific principles

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Associated Press

[Orange Alert anyone?] Bush administration officials said it was "increasingly likely" that bird flu could be detected in the US this year, but added it may not mean the start of a human pandemic. The plan is sampling in Alaska, where scien

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