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Southern Diet, Fried Foods, May Raise Stroke Risk

Posted: 02/07/2013 - A study finds that people who consume a lot of fried foods and drinks like sweet tea and soda were 41 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who ate that way about once a month.

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NC Senate OKs Bill To Block Expanded Medicaid

Posted: 02/04/2013 - The North Carolina state Senate has given its initial OK to legislation that would block expansion of Medicaid under the health care overhaul and let the federal government build the state's health insurance exchange.

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NC Health Plan Proposal Penalizes Smokers

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Some North Carolina state employees, teachers and retirees could see even higher premiums if they smoke or fail to make other personal health choices starting next year.

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Obama Offers Faith Groups New Birth Control Rule

Posted: 02/02/2013 - Facing a wave of lawsuits over what government can tell religious groups to do, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.

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Rules Would Make School Snacks Healthier

Posted: 02/01/2013 - The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

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State Medicaid's Management Criticized In New Audit

Posted: 02/01/2013 - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he is withholding judgment on whether the state should expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act until his administration can fix serious mismanagement within the program.

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Cold And Cough Syrups Recall

Updated: 02/01/2013 - The company that makes Triaminic and Theraflu is pulling millions of cold and cough syrups from store shelves because the child-resistant caps didn't work in some cases, as at least four families found out the hard way.

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Penalty Could Keep Smokers Out Of Health Overhaul

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.

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After Shootings, States Rethink Mental Health Cuts

Posted: 01/24/2013 - Dozens of states have slashed spending on mental health care over the last four years, driven by the recession's toll on revenue and, in some cases, a new zeal to shrink government.

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Testing Brain Pacemakers To Zap Alzheimer's Damage

Posted: 01/20/2013 - Scientists are attempting something dramatically different in the quest to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease. They're using "brain pacemakers."

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Flu Season Fuels Debate Over Paid Sick Time Laws

Updated: 01/20/2013 - An unusually early and vigorous flu season is drawing attention to a cause that has scored victories but also hit roadblocks in recent years: mandatory paid sick leave.

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