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Homicide Humbled: Off List of Leading Causes of Death

Homicide Humbled: Off List of Leading Causes of Death

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How We Die: For the first time in 15 years, homicide is no longer among the top 15 causes of death in the U.S. It's been replaced by pneumonitis, a respiratory disease that primarily affects the elderly, Mike Stobbe reports for the Associated Press.

Health Policy: Policy wonk Robert Laszewski handicaps the top health policy (and health politics) developments in the new year, with lots of what-if scenarios.

Health Reform: In a case that highlights a little-known aspect of the Affordable Care Act, 26 states have sued the feds in a bid to stop the mandatory expansion of Medicaid called for by the 2010 health reform law, Jennifer Haberkorn reports for Politico.

Food Safety: Good thing we grow oranges here: the FDA has halted all shipments of imported orange juice while investigators test existing imports for contamination with a potentially toxic fungicide not approved for domestic use on oranges, Bloomberg News reports.

Personalized Medicine: Two companies plan this year to introduce machines that can produce the "$1,000 genome," the price point at which experts say personalized medicine becomes more affordable for doctors and consumers, Eryn Brown reports for the Los Angeles Times.

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