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Decades of research have underscored the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. You wouldn't know that from recent U.S. moves at the World Health Assembly.
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The first 1,000 days of nutrition can set a child’s course for life or perpetuate a cycle of poverty.
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In California, cyanotoxins have become more of a problem amid the drought. The same toxin that shut down Toledo, Ohio’s water supply in 2014 has been detected in lakes, reservoirs and streams across the state.

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It took less than 30 minutes for the 2-year-old golden retriever to die. One moment, the dog was swimming alongside her owners' canoe. The next, she was seizing and foaming at the mouth. Experts say toxic algae is a rising threat in California waters.

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Comparing HIV-prevention efforts in three California counties reveals the complexities involved in trying to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS once and for all.

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Why have policies limiting the prevalence of trans fats been so slow to arrive? A brief history explains how policy actions aimed at curbing such fats, now known for their role in chronic diseases, ultimately gained traction in tip-of-the-spear countries such as Denmark.

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Unhealthy trans fats have long remained a staple in our food supply, but that’s slowly starting to change. Denmark provides a useful case study for what happens when countries move to limit the amount of trans fats in food.

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The U.S. is way behind in switching to a more expansive system of diagnostic and procedure codes, which are far better at tracking diseases. Even worse, the rest of the world will switch to a newer medical coding system less than two years after the U.S. finally adopts ICD-10 in October 2015.

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Health care providers have invested millions in making the scheduled switch to a more comprehensive system of diagnostic and procedure codes this fall, but after a move by the U.S. Senate this month, implementation will be delayed for at least another year. Many are disappointed.

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The tobacco industry may not have the commercial presence in the U.S. it once did, but cigarette makers remain some of the most profitable companies in the world. Ricardo Sandoval examines their lobbying and marketing tactics, particularly in the developing world, and offers reporting tips.

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