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Environmental Health: Bye-Bye, OTC Asthma Inhalers

Environmental Health: Bye-Bye, OTC Asthma Inhalers

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Asthma: Say good bye to your Primatene Mist. People who use over-the-counter inhalers to control their asthma symptoms must switch to prescription versions by the end of the year as part of a federally-mandated phase-out of environment-unfriendly inhalers, the Associated Press. The phase-out could affect as many as 2 million Americans.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Disappointing some patients, a new study cannot confirm that the the poorly-understood neurological condition is linked to a mouse leukemia virus known as XMRV despite earlier studies that suggested an association, David Tuller reports for the New York Times.

Public Health: Since routine inoculations started in 2006, the rotavirus vaccine has kept some 65,000 American children out of hospitals and saved an estimated $278 million in healthcare costs, according to a new CDC study, Serena Gordon reports for HealthDay.

Health Reform: Nearly 1 million young adults have signed up for health insurance newly available to them under the new health reform law, Kelly Kennedy reports for USA Today. They now can stay on their parents' plans until age 26.

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