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Tips for following the money trail of vaccine exemption legislation in your state.

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Abortion politics, taxing soft-drinks, painkiller abuse, counterfeit drugs and more from our Daily Briefing.

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HIPAA privacy rules often scare health professionals away from blogging and social media. But three nurse-bloggers at BlogWorld LA last week said they can converse online about their careers without fear by following these common-sense guidelines.

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The recent public health warnings to be on guard for West Nile virus in the wake of hurricane-turned-tropical storm Irene made me wonder: is there a link between hurricanes and other big storms and the mosquito-borne disease? 

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Mississippi delta churches fighting obesity, a patient data breach in California, food stamps and soda, and more from our Daily Briefing.

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At what point will our planet become too darn hot? Scientists are now saying that if we don't do anything about curbing carbon emissions, temperatures in the next few decades could rise so high so fast that many regions of the Earth will become inhabitable.

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Every time Public Citizen ranks state medical boards for their effectiveness, some official will say that it is an unfair assessment because state boards all work differently in overseeing doctors. This is partly true — and it is also part of the problem.


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After being busted for dispensing prescriptions over the Internet and providing poor medical care to his patients, Dr. Stephen Hollis says he still maintains a thriving eye surgery practice. He talks about his past and present in a surprisingly candid interview.

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Yep, it's that time again: The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today released their second annual rankings of health in America's counties. And so I'm reposting some context and story ideas from last year's rankings - they're still applicable this year.

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On a tie vote, state senators on Thursday rejected a proposal to require a prescription for cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine.



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