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Tamiflu woes, obesity at a standstill, appendicitis mysteries and more from our Daily Briefing.

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New medical ethics on health costs, a failed biomed research center, and key 2012 dates for health reform, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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The Los Angeles Times examines the apparent failure of the city's much-touted healthier school lunch program, which appears to be a "flop" with students. Journalist Lisa Aliferis says the program may be more successful than anyone realizes.

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A moving examination of how doctors choose to die, a big-money Prempro lawsuit, and FDA scrutiny of the HCG diet, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Today's Daily Briefing features reporters' struggles to access health information, the health of truck drivers and women who have just given birth, and a must-read about what it means to die in prison.

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Victims of bad physician behavior everywhere are rubbing their eyes in disbelief today after Dr. Conrad Murray's conviction in the death of Michael Jackson. Here are five lessons from the case for regulatory agencies, prosecutors, patient advocates and journalists.

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Today's Daily Briefing has stories that link health to wealth and vice versa, an interactive on consumers' health spending and a lesson from the end of the long-term health insurance program CLASS.

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The doctors behind the "Diets Fail!" campaign to get people to undergo Lap-Band surgery have innovated again. Failing to win a libel case against the newspaper that exposed their shady business practices, they are attempting to persuade a judge to treat newspaper reporters like the Mafia.

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Lawmakers try to kill part of the Affordable Care Act, polio is spreading in Asia and Americans underestimate what it takes to stay healthy in retirement. This and more in today's Daily Briefing.

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A national plan will address the enormous costs of Alzheimer's, dental health cutbacks in California, another ground turkey recall and more from our Daily Briefing.

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