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A little benzene with that soda?

Apr 6, 2006
The FDA has found benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in a number of soft drinks. But the agency says there's nothing to worry about. A watchdog group is contesting the agency's findings and methods. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Junk food could get held back

Apr 6, 2006
A bill introduced in Congress would effectively ban the sale of junk food in public schools. If approved, students might have to go someplace other than the cafeteria vending machine to get their Cheetos. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Wide disparities in US health care found

Apr 6, 2006
The United States may have the world's most effective health care system, but according to a new study, it's far from the most equitable. Helen Palmer reports.
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Massachusetts has a plan for healthcare

Apr 5, 2006
The Massachusetts legislature has approved a healthcare plan it believes, in a couple of years, won't cost taxpayers a dime. Gov. Mitt Romney says he'll sign it. Other states are going to wait and see. Helen Palmer reports.
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A new prescription: recycling drugs

Mar 31, 2006
Thousands of dollars of prescription drugs are destroyed everyday because their intended patients don't use them. A new program to recycle these drugs is about to get a boost from the federal government. Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.
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Company invests in bird-flu vaccine tests

Mar 31, 2006
GlaxoSmithKline plans to spend $2 billion on clinical trials for a pandemic flu vaccine that could be used if bird flu jumps to humans. Helen Palmer reports.
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Lawsuit: Sunscreen users burned by makers' claims

Mar 30, 2006
A class-action lawsuit was filed today against makers of suntan lotions. The suit alleges that most of the products don't provide as much protection as advertised. Dan Grech reports.
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The cost of mental health

Mar 30, 2006
Most managed healthcare plans don't include coverage for mental illness. But according to a new study, offering coverage for such afflictions results in little additional cost. Helen Palmer reports.
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<i>Chomp, chomp, snap</i> . . . Is gum good for health?

Mar 29, 2006
Have you ever been around someone who chews gum constantly? Do they seem happier? Healthier? Wrigley is betting millions of dollars on it. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.
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Baby boon

Mar 28, 2006
Ever since the first test tube baby 28 years ago, the use of fertility treatments has become common. But they haven't become any cheaper. A while ago, we told you about a program that grants the cost of a fertility cycle to would-be parents who can't afford it. Lisa Napoli followed one couple who was chosen to participate.
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