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12:21pm

Thu April 18, 2013
The Salt

Study Finds No Harm In Occasional Drink During Pregnancy

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Is the occasional glass of wine or beer OK for moms-to-be?

According to a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, there doesn't seem to be any measurable risk.

The study found that drinking up to two alcoholic beverages per week during pregnancy is not linked to developmental problems in children. But even the study's authors caution that abstaining from alcohol is still best for mothers-to-be.

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12:01pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:43 am

Should we say Germ-an shepherd? Mango Doucleff, of Washington, shows off the bacteria living on her tongue, which also flourish on her owner's skin.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.

Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE.

In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together.

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9:54am

Thu April 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

FDA's Rejection Of Generic OxyContin May Have Side Effects

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 2:08 pm

OxyContin's long-acting formulation makes it popular but also prone to abuse.
Toby Talbot AP

Banning cheaper, generic forms of a dangerous drug sounds like a worthy idea.

But the Food and Drug Administration's decision to bar generic OxyContin may also push patients towards less effective drugs without eliminating the risk of addiction, experts say.

"Obviously, there's a cost issue," says Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. "Not having generics means this type of medication is going to be more expensive."

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3:04pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Ricin Can Sicken And Kill

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 11:43 am

Federal authorities confirm that the poison ricin was found in envelopes sent to both President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican.

If that sounds eerily familiar it's maybe because back in 2003, an envelope containing a threatening note and a sealed container of ricin were found in a South Carolina postal facility.

What is ricin?

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12:33pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

As Bird Flu Spreads In China, The Source Remains A Mystery

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:19 pm

A vendor weighs a live chicken at the Kowloon City Market in Hong Kong Friday. Health authorities there have stepped up the testing of live poultry from China to include a rapid test for the H7N9 bird virus.
Lam Yik Fei Getty Images

The new bird flu in China has come with a long list of questions.

Are the 82 cases reported so far just the tip of a larger outbreak? Why does the virus cause mild symptoms in some people and severe pneumonia in others?

Perhaps the most critical question is also the simplest: How do people catch the bug?

The H7N9 virus clearly infects birds. Health workers have detected it in chickens, ducks and pigeons.

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