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2:57am

Sun April 14, 2013
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Scientists Race To Stay Ahead Of New Bird Flu Virus

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 7:01 am

Workers prepare an H7N9 virus detection kit at the Center for Disease Control in Beijing on April 3.
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A precious package arrived at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Thursday afternoon.

Inside, packed in dry ice to keep it frozen, was a vial containing millions of viruses derived from a 35-year-old Chinese housewife who died last Tuesday of respiratory and kidney failure.

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1:08pm

Fri April 12, 2013
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Wait For Obamacare Price Tags Could Last Months

If buying health insurance were only this easy.
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Vermont became the first state to provide a glimpse, although an imperfect one, of how much individual health insurance might cost under the Affordable Care Act.

Rates made public there last week, while of limited relevance to the rest of the country because of the state's unusual insurance market, showed little change from current prices. The prices reassured health law supporters fearing headlines about sticker shock.

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11:44am

Fri April 12, 2013
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As New Flu Cases Rise In China, U.S. Steps Up Its Response

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 12:23 pm

A child wears a mask near a closed section of a poultry market in Shanghai, where health workers detected the new bird flu, H7N9.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

The toll from a new flu strain is mounting in China.

Forty-three people have been sickened and 11 have died from the virus, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The pace of infections has quickened over the past few days, with three to five cases reported daily.

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8:19am

Fri April 12, 2013
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Annals Of The Obvious: Women Way More Tired Than Men

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 7:00 am

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Feeling run down? Dog-tired?

Who isn't, right?

But who's more exhausted: men or women?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the answer, though it's one that you probably could have arrived at without a second's thought.

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1:08pm

Thu April 11, 2013
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Seniors In The South Are More Apt To Be Prescribed Risky Drugs

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 12:53 pm

Seniors in the Southeast were much more likely to be prescribed more than one high-risk medications in 2009.
Danya Qato and Amal Trivedi Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Health care types have spent years trying to make the point that seniors are being prescribed medications that are unnecessary and dangerous. But the message hasn't really sunk in.

More than 20 percent of people with Medicare Advantage coverage are taking at least one high-risk medication, a new study finds.

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