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News you can (and should) use: our curated daily collection of ideas and resources for your work, plus some fun stuff.

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Condoms: Should condoms be given to teens instead of candy on Halloween? One Oregon family did, sparking a statewide debate.

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Lung Cancer: Liz Szabo of USA Today examines a new study showing that expensive CT scans can reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent (x-rays, apparently, haven’t done the trick). Kudos for reporting on why the study results shouldn’t immediately spark calls for mass screenings.  

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Here’s what we’re checking out today, post-election:

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Sniffle: A new study suggests that you’ll get fewer colds if you’re older, male and married. If you’re none of the above, getting regular exercise seems to prevent the sniffles, Julie Deardorff reports for the Chicago Tribune.

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STDs: Writing in BNET’s Placebo Effects blog, Jim Edwards writes about the political, moral and health issues surrounding the HPV-preventing Gardasil vaccine for boys. They’re more complicated – and expensive – than you’d think, and Edwards wonders whether the current debate reflects sexism in medicine.

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Happy Halloween! Don’t eat too much candy, or you’ll wind up like this poor pumpkin. Here's what we're checking out today:

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“Liberal” Gene? Researchers are suggesting that the gene DRD4, which had previously been linked to risk-taking behavior, also makes people more likely to be liberal, the Washington Post’s Rob Stein reports.  Admit it: biology, not free will, is driving you to the Stewart/Colbert rally this weekend.

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Heart Health: More American adults are taking medication to lower their blood pressure, but the number of Americans with hypertension is holding steady, according to new CDC data, reports the AP’s Mike Stobbe.

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HuffPo Health: Orac of the Respectful Insolence blog opines on the new Huffington Post health section, and it’s not pretty: “A soon-to-be one-stop shop for quackery.”

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Bad Boys: FiercePharma has put together a slideshow of notoriously misbehaving executives and researchers in the biotech and pharma industries. It’s juicy.

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