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3:00pm

Thu June 27, 2013
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Maine Once Again Allows Mail-Order Canadian Drugs To Cut Costs

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:03 am

They're back: Cheaper mail-order medications from Canada and other foreign lands.
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It's deja vu all over again in Maine.

For the first time in years, a state has acted to allow its citizens to purchase prescription drugs by mail from other countries. The idea is to take advantage of those nations' lower prices, which can be half the cost of those at American pharmacies.

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10:33am

Thu June 27, 2013
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A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 2:54 pm

Lazy day summer beach goers relax on the sands of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
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From California to the Great Lakes, persistent water pollution shows that no beach is an island when it comes to public health threats like hepatitis, dysentery and stomach flu.

The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach report card Wednesday detailing the levels of bacteria hanging around beaches across the nation.

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Thu June 27, 2013

10:28am

Wed June 26, 2013
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Laughing Gas Gets A Safety Check

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 7:32 am

Is nitrous oxide during surgery safe?
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To anesthesiologists, laughing gas is no joke.

Nitrous oxide was one of the first chemicals used to make surgery and tooth-pulling painless. Back in the 1840s, Horace Wells, a dentist in Hartford, Conn., did his best to popularize it as an anesthetic agent. Despite some failed demonstrations early on, use of the gas during surgery eventually became routine.

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10:24am

Wed June 26, 2013
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Men Pick Robotic Surgery For Prostate Cancer Despite Risks

A billboard advertising robotic surgery hangs outside Boston's Fenway Park in 2009. Hospitals and doctors have heavily promoted robotic surgery.
Charles Krupa AP

Pretty much every medical organization has told men to back off on screening for prostate cancer, because it can lead to unneeded treatment, including surgery that can leave a man incontinent and impotent.

But it's hard to resist a robot.

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