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What that 'BPA-free' label isn't telling you

Purchase a plastic water bottle, and there's a good chance that it will feature a "BPA-free" label. You might be seeing it more often because the industrial chemical Bisphenol-A has now been removed from ...

Dec 01, 2014
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Adult-sized ATVs deadly for kids, report shows

(HealthDay)—Santa might think twice about giving kids an all-terrain vehicle this year. Riding ATVs poses high risks of injury or death for children and teens, with dangers differing by age, a new U.S. ...

Nov 24, 2014
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Cold front sparks dangerous use of space heaters

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires and more than 300 deaths are caused each year by space heaters. More than 6,000 Americans receive hospital emergency room care ...

Nov 20, 2014
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Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shopping

(Medical Xpress)—Holiday shopping can be mentally exhausting for anyone. But a new Duke University study finds that older adults seem to need extra brainpower to make shopping decisions—especially ones ...

Nov 18, 2014
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Six medication myths busted

Can pain relievers really target a specific part of the body? Are generic medicines inferior to their brand-name counterparts? Are natural medicines always safer then prescription drugs? Can you mix alcohol with a prescription ...

Oct 13, 2014
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Gov't website for doc payments not up to snuff

The government's new "Open Payments" website is intended to let you find out whether your doctor is getting freebies, travel or other financial benefits from drug companies and medical device manufacturers. But it doesn't ...

Oct 02, 2014
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Merck completes sale of consumer unit to Bayer

Drugmaker Merck said Wednesday that it completed the sale of its consumer care business, which makes products including Claritin allergy medication and Coppertone sun-care line, to German health care company Bayer for $14.2 ...

Oct 01, 2014
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