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

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Allergan, the maker of the Lap-Band surgical device, likes to say that it puts patient safety first.

Undoubtedly, it does not want patients to have a bad outcome. More injuries and deaths from Lap-Band surgeries – especially at a time when the company is seeking FDA approval to expand the use of the devices – could derail a very successful sales record.

Yet many of the clinics and doctors being promoted as Lap-Band surgeons on the company’s own website have a series of problems that should give patients pause.

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Why are parents still giving their toddlers OTC cough medicine? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing

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So many doctors have been trying to lure people to get Lap-Band surgery, with deadly consequences, that the maker of the Lap-Band surgical device, Allergan, has finally been forced to speak up.

Stuart Pfeifer at the Los Angeles Times recently asked Allergan CEO David E.I. Pyott about the sleazy 1-800-GET-THIN campaign:

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Many celebrity health tips are a bunch of bollocks, according to a new British list debunnking them. Plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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For the past two years, New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich has written more about medical radiation than most reporters will in their entire careers. He has examined it from every possible angle, focusing on both the power and the peril of various radiation treatments.

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Could Chinese drywall scrap be responsible for health problems linked to American-made drywall? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Marketplace's Caitlan Caroll and a few members of the staff tried to take the edge off with "downer drinks," non-alcoholic beverages that help you relax and unwind.

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Fight the Bite: California reports its first human West Nile virus cases of the season, in what appears to be a late start to a mild West Nile season nationally. What’s happening in your community? For some resources and ideas for your coverage, check out this Accidental Wonk post.

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