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1:08am

Fri March 29, 2013
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Number Of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked To Autism

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:33 pm

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds no link between the number of vaccinations a young child receives and the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders.
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A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life.

The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. It also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain many fewer of the substances that provoke an immune response.

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1:06am

Fri March 29, 2013
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Obamacare Won't Affect Most 2012 Taxes, Despite Firm's Claim

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 8:22 pm

Taxes this year will be as much of a drag as ever. But not because of the Affordable Care Act.
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If you haven't done your taxes yet, this ad from H&R Block might make you feel even more anxious.

"The Affordable Care Act means big changes this year when you file your taxes," says the young woman in the ad, with a smug smile. She then claims to have read "all 900 pages" of the law so she can offer you a "solution."

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4:06pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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Many Hot Water Heaters Set Too High, Upping Burn Risk

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:16 pm

Burns are nasty injuries — they're painful and, if you're not careful, they can quickly get infected. Two children die from burn injuries every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A surprising number of these deaths originate with tap water that is way too hot.

The problem, a new study suggests, is that many water heaters are set dangerously high.

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3:12pm

Thu March 28, 2013
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Sand From Fracking Could Pose Lung Disease Risk To Workers

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 11:50 am

A worker stands on top of a storage bin on July 27, 2011, at a drilling operation in Claysville, Pa. The dust is from powder mixed with water for hydraulic fracturing.
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When workplace safety expert Eric Esswein got a chance to see fracking in action not too long ago, what he noticed was all the dust.

It was coming off big machines used to haul around huge loads of sand. The sand is a critical part of the hydraulic fracturing method of oil and gas extraction. After workers drill down into rock, they create fractures in that rock by pumping in a mixture of water, chemicals and sand. The sand keeps the cracks propped open so that oil and gas are released.

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11:08am

Thu March 28, 2013
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'Love Your Butt' Campaign Tries To Conquer Colonoscopy Fears

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 11:50 am

Cute it may be. But will it convince you to get a colonoscopy?
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The billboard in Washington, D.C.'s Metro stopped me in my tracks on the way to work: "Love Your Patooty."

An advertisement for yoga pants? Padded chairs? No.

Closer examination revealed it was encouraging me to get a colonoscopy.

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