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Federal meat inspection stands to get even more lax. And it has nothing to do with the government shutdown.

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Bisphosphonates, to prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis, have been linked to jawbone death (osteonecrosis) and atypical fractures. Recently, Dr. William Banks Hinshaw, a gynecologist and chemist in North Carolina, likened their effect to an affliction seen 100 years ago.

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For a nation that produces more food per person than any other in the world, the United States has a major problem with hunger — and it only grew worse during the recent recession and its aftermath.

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You know things are bad in the pork industry when the whistleblowers aren't animal rights activists but the government itself. In May, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the Inspector General exposed extreme sanitation and humane violations in 30 swine slaughterhouses it visited.

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Despite media exposes and a public backlash, a lot of meat and seafood is treated with less than savory methods to keep it looking fresh.

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Psychiatrist Omar Manejwala shares his expertise on addiction and compulsive behaviors and why recovery from cravings is mostly about what you start doing, and much less about what you stop doing.

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Pharma isn't going to deliver disappointing earnings to Wall Street just because it has few new drugs coming online and has failed at its very purpose. It is recycling old for brand new uses.

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Like adults, children are suffering from "middle-age spread" -- too many calories and not enough exercise. And like adults, they are taking pills to accommodate the conditions instead of making lifestyle changes.

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Working as a team for NBC4 Southern California my colleague Melissa Pamer and I will take on and humanize a hot topic as part of our 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship: childhood obesity.

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