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- Montgomery Co. Schools to Consider Healthier Food Requirements Despite protests from a nutrition advocacy group, Montgomery County Public Schools says their cafeterias haven't resembled a 7-Eleven full of junk food for nearly a decade.
- MDs: Medical Pot Only OK for Sick Kids Failed by Other Drugs With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential...
- Avian Flu Confirmed In Commercial Turkey Flock In California Federal agriculture officials say they have found avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in central California.
- NIH Doctor: 'Shame' Kids Not Being Vaccinated For Measles Dr. Anthony Fauci says parents who shun vaccines for their children should be ostracized because of the risk of spreading infections of childhood diseases.
- Lab Tests Imply Formaldehyde Risk in Some E-Cigarette Vapor Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest.
- D.C. Falls in Top 10 Areas in U.S. With Highest Smoking Cost This week marks Tobacco Free Awareness Week, and a new study shows that smokers on average will burn through $1.4 million in personal costs -- but the cost is higher for those in D.C. and Maryland.
- How and Why To Treat Your Extremely Dry Skin This Winter Is your skin a little drier than usual in the winter? Cold weather can lead to big problems if you're not careful.
- Study: Environment Trumps Genetics in Shaping Immune System How your immune system does its job seems to depend more on your environment and the germs you encounter than on your genes, says new research that put twins to the test to find out.
- Study: Fewer Struggle With Medical Costs As Coverage Grows Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.
- Measles Outbreak: To Vaccinate Or Not Vaccinate With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years.
- CDC: Flu Season Continues to Worsen, Could Peak this Month The flu is now widespread in all but seven states, and hospitalization rates match the dismal season two years ago. While health officials fear this will be an unusually bad year, it's too soon to say.
- Being Uninsured In America Will Cost More In 2015 Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.
- Safeway Pulls Caramel Apples Amid Listeria Scare Safeway has pulled prepackaged caramel apples from its shelves, the grocery chain said Tuesday, a day after the family of a person who died from a listeria infection linked to the fruit sued the company.
- FDA Moves To Drop Lifetime Ban On Gay Blood Donations Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified.
- Study Points Out Flaws in Popular 'Paleo' Diet The idea behind the recently trendy Paleo diet, or caveman diet, is that participants emulate the eating habits of early humans during the Stone Age. However, a new study performed by researchers at Georgia State University and Kent State University...