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Alcohol Tax: Doubling the current tax on alcohol could lower alcohol-related deaths by about 35 percent and deliver other public health benefits, according to new research released at the American Public Health Association meeting in Denver.

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For those who have followed the healthcare reform debate from inception to legislation, it often seemed as though there was more misinformation and fear-mongering circulating in the public domain than accurate details.

And with Tuesday's election handing control of the House to Republicans, the divide over healthcare reform — which seems, at times, straight down party lines — will only get more pronounced, leading to the inevitable question: what will become of the healthcare reform bill before it takes effect in 2014?

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Condoms: Should condoms be given to teens instead of candy on Halloween? One Oregon family did, sparking a statewide debate.

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Lung Cancer: Liz Szabo of USA Today examines a new study showing that expensive CT scans can reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent (x-rays, apparently, haven’t done the trick). Kudos for reporting on why the study results shouldn’t immediately spark calls for mass screenings.  

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Here’s what we’re checking out today, post-election:

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Sniffle: A new study suggests that you’ll get fewer colds if you’re older, male and married. If you’re none of the above, getting regular exercise seems to prevent the sniffles, Julie Deardorff reports for the Chicago Tribune.

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Happy Halloween! Don’t eat too much candy, or you’ll wind up like this poor pumpkin. Here's what we're checking out today:

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“Liberal” Gene? Researchers are suggesting that the gene DRD4, which had previously been linked to risk-taking behavior, also makes people more likely to be liberal, the Washington Post’s Rob Stein reports.  Admit it: biology, not free will, is driving you to the Stewart/Colbert rally this weekend.

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