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The smoking lounge is open

Feb 24, 2006
Cities across the US, including New York and Los Angeles, have banned smoking in restaurants and even bars. Chicago finally caved into that peer pressure last month... perfect timing for the city's new luxury smoking lounge. Diantha Parker reports.
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Dr. Wal-Mart

Feb 24, 2006
Wal-Mart will be expanding its health insurance program, covering the children of part-timers and reducing the waiting period for coverage eligibility. They'll also be opening cheap clinics in some stores. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, businesses across the US are watching.
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Glaxo defends Flonase

Feb 24, 2006
The FDA, under fire for sluggishness in approving generic drugs, announced this week that it had OKed a generic version of the popular nasal spray Flonase. In response, the drug's maker, GlaxoSmithKline, took legal action to halt the move. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Hunger report

Feb 23, 2006
A report out today says that 25 million Americans use some kind of food assistance, up 8% from 2001. From the Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai reports.
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Lead paint verdict

Feb 23, 2006
A Rhode Island jury has found three makers of lead-based paint liable for millions of dollars in cleanup costs. As Sam Eaton reports from the Sustainability Desk, the verdict opens up the possibility that other states will follow suit.
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Ballooning health spending

Feb 22, 2006
A new report out today predicts that healthcare spending will account for 20% of the GPD by 2015. Helen Palmer reports.
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The cost of diabetes

Feb 22, 2006
The American Diabetes Association today plans to quantify how much the disease costs employers, and offer recommendations on how businesses can help fight the malady. Alex Cohen reports.
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Pharmaceutical goodwill ambassadors

Feb 22, 2006
Many sales reps for GlaxoSmithKline will now take on the added duty of goodwill ambassador for the drug industry. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
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The FDA and generic drugmakers

Feb 17, 2006
The FDA announced today that it wants to charge user fees to companies who make generic drugs. Helen Palmer looks at the reasons behind the FDA push, and what it means for generic drug makers.
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Canadian drug shortage?

Feb 17, 2006
A free-market think tank north of the border warns that the land of the maple leaf could face a prescription drug shortage, given the amount of Canadian medicines sold to Americans over the Internet. Helen Palmer reports.
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