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That Strain of Ebola Rocking Guinea, West Africa? It's a New One.

That Strain of Ebola Rocking Guinea, West Africa? It's a New One.
A heretofore unseen strain of the deadly Ebola virus has killed scores in West Africa, mostly in the nation of Guinea. Genetics testing has indicated this is brand new, and highly lethal.
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Nation's Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in VT

Nation's Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage in VT
After a groundswell of support from state residents fueled by grassroots activism, Vermont is on track to become the first state to require the labeling of food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Even the FDA Doesn’t Know What Chemicals Are in Your Food

Even the FDA Doesn’t Know What Chemicals Are in Your Food
We all have secrets, from small ones (the scale isn’t broken, I ate too many cookies!) to bigger ones (yes, we knew for a long time that tobacco kills people).
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Scumbag Ted Cruz Tells Uninsured They Can Use ER, Backs Group that Wants ERs to Turn Away the Uninsured

Scumbag Ted Cruz Tells Uninsured They Can Use ER, Backs Group that Wants ERs to Turn Away the Uninsured
When he was running for office two years ago, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas insisted that rather than expanding Medicaid, Texas should just let the uninsured get all their health care from emergency rooms. The argument that emergency rooms are an acceptable backup for the uninsured has also been used by Mitt Romney, Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint and many other prominent Republicans.
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UK Scientists Grow Body Parts from Stem Cells

UK Scientists Grow Body Parts from Stem Cells
In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far— including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes — researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world's first nose made partly from stem cells.
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Maria Cheng
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Obama Celebrates ACA Milestone in MI Speech, Crowd Laughs At GOP Repeal Fixation

Obama Celebrates ACA Milestone in MI Speech, Crowd Laughs At GOP Repeal Fixation

President Barack Obama was again passionate in defending his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, yesterday in a visit to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Obama riled up young constituents who seemed very much to agree with him.
What's like the movie "Ground Hog Day", but should be named the "Meanwhich"? 
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16 of US's Top 17 Drug Companies Have Board Members Who Teach at Medical Hospitals

16 of US's Top 17 Drug Companies Have Board Members Who Teach at Medical Hospitals
Pharmaceutical company payments to doctors extend far beyond rank-and-file clinicians — and deep into the leadership of America’s teaching hospitals. A team of researchers examined the boards of the 50 largest drug companies and found that 40 percent — 19 companies — had at least one board member who also held a leadership role at an academic medical center. Sixteen of the 17 companies based in the United States had at least one. Several had more than one.
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Charles Ornstein
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Number of Deaths Attributable to States Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: Between 7,115 and 17,104

Number of Deaths Attributable to States Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: Between 7,115 and 17,104
While Virginia Republicans grow their beards, act like stupid frat boys, and generally treat the entire issue of Medicaid expansion like a joke, back in the real world, these Republicans are hurting hundreds of thousands of Virginians. Actually, they're not just hurting them, they're doing far worse than that.
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VA Speaker Bill 'ALEC' Howell Single-Handedly Stopping Medicaid Expansion

VA Speaker Bill 'ALEC' Howell Single-Handedly Stopping Medicaid Expansion
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, or have buried your head in the ideological sand, you should have noticed the newspaper editorials calling for Medicaid Expansion in Virginia. Virginia hospitals, health insurance plans, physicians, consumer groups, Chambers of Commerce, and even Republicans and former appointees of Governor McDonnell SUPPORT closing the coverage gap. What's the problem then? Speaker of the House of Delegates William “Bill” Howell.
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Dr. Christopher Lillis
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On 4th Anniversary of ACA Signing, South Carolina Business Leaders Sing Its Praises

On 4th Anniversary of ACA Signing, South Carolina Business Leaders Sing Its Praises
The fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's signing is important to recognize. It has been a long four years of continuous fighting against the negativity and outright lies of its opponents. On this day, it's also important to listen when a small business details the health law's benefits for both employers and employees.
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