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Kids food advertising

Dec 7, 2005
A report from the government's Institute of Medicine finds foods marketed to kids tend to be high in calories and low in nutrition. But as Helen Palmer reports, healthier alternatives are hard to market.
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Consumer Reports looks at drug side effects

Dec 7, 2005
The current issue of Consumer Reports magazine warns that consumers take popular medications without fully understanding their possible side effects. Janet Babin reports.
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Blowing the whistle on Mentor

Dec 5, 2005
Silicone breast implants are stirring up controversy again. An ex-employee of implant maker Mentor claims the company misrepresented safety data and chose not to fix a problem with their implants. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.
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Faith-based insurance

Dec 5, 2005
With millions of Americans lacking health insurance, more are turning to alternatives -- including, for some, Christian health cooperatives. But as Hillary Wicai reports, not everyone's thrilled with this leap of faith.
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Breast cancer device

Dec 5, 2005
Researchers are working to lower breast cancer rates by giving women a low-cost, at-home diagnostic tool to help them locate tumors. Aries Keck reports.
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The state of bird flu

Dec 5, 2005
President Bush invites state officials to the White House today to discuss bird flu preparedness. As Gretchen Cook reports, what states really want to talk about is money.
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Oh, great: Vaccine knockoffs

Dec 2, 2005
China's long been criticized for allowing the sale of pirated goods --from music and DVDs to handbags and designer clothing. Now add to that list... Bird flu vaccine. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Songhua River blues

Dec 2, 2005
Today the head of China's environmental protection administration resigned, three weeks after a chemical plant explosion in that country sent toxic benzene into the Songhua River. Beijing Bureau Chief Jocelyn Ford reports.
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How safe is nanotechnology?

Dec 2, 2005
A new Web site offers a clearinghouse of information for consumers concerned about the safety of nanotechnology. Janet Babin reports.
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'Nano-diet'

Dec 2, 2005
Researchers are developing a new obesity treatment that would use nano-particles to trick the body into eating less. Helen Palmer reports.
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