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1:59pm

Fri July 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

Texas Abortion Fight Is Just One Of Many This Year

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 2:15 pm

Opponents of a state abortion bill circle its supporters in Austin, Texas, in early July.
Eric Gay AP

The eyes of the nation may be on Texas, as legislators fight over whether to impose strict new regulations on abortion and those who provide it. But a report on abortion laws and regulation across the country finds that the Lone Star State isn't alone.

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12:58pm

Fri July 12, 2013
The Salt

How Much Arsenic Is Safe In Apple Juice? FDA Proposes New Rule

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 4:19 pm

The FDA's proposal follows concerns raised by consumer groups about levels of inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen, in apple juice.
iStockphoto.com

Here's some news for parents of the sippy-cup crowd: The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a 10 parts-per-billion threshold for levels of inorganic arsenic in apple juice. This is the same level set by the EPA for arsenic in drinking water. Right now, there is no FDA standard for apple juice.

Now, we've told you about the brouhaha over trace levels of arsenic commonly found in apple juice before.

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10:40am

Fri July 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

3-D Casts So Cool That You'll Almost Want To Break A Bone

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 7:11 am

The waterproof material of the Cortex cast may hold up better in high-stress areas, such as hands.
Courtesy of Jake Evill

Anybody who has ever worn a cast knows that it can really cramp your style. You itch. After a while, you stink. At times, it seems like the cast needs even more care than you do. Keep it dry or else!

Other than the addition of garish colors of fiberglass, there hasn't been much innovation in cast technology in what seems like forever. But down in New Zealand, designer Jake Evill is bringing the latest in 3-D printing to orthopedics.

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1:16am

Fri July 12, 2013
Shots - Health News

Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:13 am

Back in 2006, President Bush and Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt talked with reporters during a trip to Florida, where Bush spoke to volunteers helping seniors sign up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Mike Stocker AP

4:01pm

Thu July 11, 2013
The Salt

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:25 pm

These pigs, newly weaned from their mothers, are at their most vulnerable stage of life. They're getting antibiotics in their water to ward off bacterial infection.
Dan Charles NPR

You've probably seen the labels on meat in the store: "Raised without antibiotics." They're a selling point for people who don't like how many drugs are used on chickens, turkey, hogs and beef cattle.

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