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Food additives and obesity, community clinic woes, autism in siblings and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Thanks to the influential science blog Retraction Watch, when a paper gets pulled, the world hears about it. Here are my favorite Retraction Watch contributions to medical research and health reporting.

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Supermarket design and obesity, Mitt Romney walks the healthcare tightrope, and a promising HIV/AIDS study, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Clean cars could mean less asthma, a link between bedbugs and MRSA, a prescription for yoga and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Consumer genetic tests for kids, problem drinkers and hospital infections, staph bacteria in meat and budget problems ahead for community clinics: all in today's Daily Briefing.

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How did human penises evolve without spikes? Stanford researchers suggest one explanation, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Medical pot purveyors can't escape the tax man, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Why did a Northern California hospital chain report suspiciously high rates of malnutrition in its elderly patients? Answers and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Can zinc really help sufferers of the common cold? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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UPDATE: 9:54 p.m., Jan. 19

The phrase "stunning upset" doesn't even begin to capture the national political shockwaves as Republican Scott Brown defeats Martha Coakley for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat. The "what happens to health reform now?" political analysis below remains relevant. In the meantime, here's a quick roundup of the latest coverage and analysis:

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