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Who Should Get Tested for HIV? Everyone, Some Experts Say

Who Should Get Tested for HIV? Everyone, Some Experts Say

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Here's what we're checking out today:

HIV/AIDS: Who should be tested for the HIV virus? Everyone, suggests a new study pointing out infections prevented and health costs saved. But not every medical expert agrees, reports Christopher Weaver for Kaiser Health News.

9/11 Responders: The Senate finally passes a scaled down package of health benefits for 9/11 responders. Did Jon Stewart have a little something to do with this?

SIDS: Put down that champagne, folks: new research suggests that sudden infant death syndrome cases are highest on the first day of the year, Randy Dotinga reports for HealthDay. Researchers wonder if hung-over, less watchful parents may play a role.

Cold Remedy: Is echinacea helpful for colds, like Mom says? Not so much, according to a new study examined by U.S. News and World Report's Angela Haupt.

Abortion: A bishop strips an Arizona hospital of its Catholic affiliation after its decision to terminate the pregnancy of a woman whose life was in danger, Joe Carlson reports for Modern Healthcare.  


The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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