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1:23pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Infection Risk Prompts New York City To Regulate Ritual Circumcision

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 3:25 pm

There's no ready euphemism for this, so be warned.

The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously today in favor of a new regulation that would require parents of young boys who undergo ritual circumcisions involving "direct oral suction" to sign a consent form first.

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3:30pm

Wed September 12, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Worst Of West Nile Epidemic Appears To Be Over

Technicians with the Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control District spray insecticide in Brentwood, Calif., last month. Workers fogged areas of the county that had an increase in the numbers of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The numbers for West Nile virus cases continue to rise, up 35 percent in the last week. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is confident the nation has turned the corner on its worst-ever epidemic of West Nile virus disease.

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10:20am

Wed September 12, 2012
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How Cheap Can Lipitor Get? Try Free

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:46 am

Generic versions of Lipitor, like these made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, are now free at some retailers, as long as you have a prescription.
Bill Gallery AP

Since cholesterol-fighter Lipitor went generic late last year, the price has plunged.

You can pick up atorvastatin, the generic version of Lipitor, starting at about 50 cents a pill, if you buy a month's supply at Costco. A year ago, the brand-name version went for $3.50 and up per dose. And the brand-name pills still cost around $4.28 at Costco.

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3:42pm

Tue September 11, 2012
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Where Traffic Noise Takes A Toll On Health

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:29 am

How much does noisy traffic in Atlanta affect people's health?
David Goldman AP

Living next to a noisy highway can be annoying. The racket can also disrupt your sleep.

Too many bad nights' sleep can raise the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and other ailments.

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10:20am

Tue September 11, 2012
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More Vaccines Come Without Copays, Unless You're On Medicare

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:31 am

Got Medicare? That vaccination could cost you.
Pamela Moore iStockphoto.com

The health care overhaul law makes it easier for most people with private insurance to get the vaccines they need without going into their pockets for a copay. Medicare beneficiaries don't get the quite same sweet deal, though.

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