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Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisher...
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Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
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As opposition grows, China defends plans for petrochemical plants

By Chen Aizhu BEIJING (Reuters) - China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fiber, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by sta...
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Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed Allergy

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ragwitek has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat allergy to short ragweed among adults aged 18 to 65. The once-daily tablet contains an extract from short ragweed (Ambrosia art...
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Scientists Probe What Makes People Get Their Groove On

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you bust a move, get jiggy with it or just tap a toe or two, something about certain types of popular music makes you want to set your body in motion. Now, a new study suggests that a medium amoun...
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Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After weight-loss surgery, many patients report changes in appetite, taste and smell, a new study says. One positive aspect of these changes is that they may lead patients to lose eve...
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Happy Couples Nestle Together at Night, Survey Finds

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Your sleeping position with your significant other offers clues about the quality of your relationship, according to a new study. Researchers asked more than 1,000 people about their preferred position at...
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So-Called 'Apple Shape' Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Body shape -- whether a woman is wide at the waistline -- is not in itself a risk factor for breast cancer, according to a large new study. But overall body weight is a factor, the researchers added. Prev...
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More People Worldwide Eating 'Healthy' Fats, Study Finds

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of healthy fats in people's diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds. Researchers analyz...
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Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says. Benzodiazep...
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Toronto Mayor Ford opens re-election bid with 'cut the gravy' vow

By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launched his re-election campaign on Friday, acknowledging the crack-cocaine scandal that has made him a topic of water cooler talk across North America, but also happy to trade on his ...
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'X-Men' director hit by sex abuse lawsuit weeks before premiere

By Dana Feldman and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who has sued filmmaker Bryan Singer, the director of the upcoming blockbuster action film "X-Men: Days of Future Past," for allegedly raping him as a teenager said on Thursda...
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Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who sequenced the genome of a deadly fungus say their achievement offers a genetic map for finding weaknesses in the fungus in order to fight it. Cryptococcus neoformans causes millions of c...
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White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eight million Americans signed up for private health insurance during the just-concluded first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Thursday afternoon. An estimated...
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Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democra...
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Wall Street Week Ahead: Spring fever brings hope for U.S. earnings

By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent...
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Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth

The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying bey...
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Tonsillectomy May Spur Weight Gain in Kids, But Won't Cause Obesity: Study

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some children gain weight after having their tonsils removed, but this weight gain is typically confined to younger, underweight children and doesn't seem to add to obesity rates, a new study finds. Eac...
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FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A surgical technique used to grind up uterine growths and remove them through tiny incisions could increase a woman's risk of cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The FDA said ...
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Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While the United States has seen a decline in the number of Salmonella illnesses in recent years, there's been little progress overall in reducing food poisoning outbreaks, health officials say. "The ne...
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