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Health Headlines - September 13

Posted Sep 12 2009 10:11pm
Dangerous staph germs found at West Coast beaches

Dangerous staph bacteria have been found in sand and water for the first time at five public beaches along the coast of Washington, and scientists think the state is not the only one with this problem.

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Health care talks focus on illegal immigrants

Senators closing in on a comprehensive health care bill have whittled away all but the most contentious issues and one of those loomed large: coverage for illegal immigrants.

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Flu season comes early; most are swine variety

Influenza is circulating unusually early this year with cases in all 50 states — nearly all the swine flu variety, government health officials said.

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Health negotiators look at malpractice changes

Following President Barack Obama's offer of compromise on an issue that has long divided Washington, congressional health care negotiators are considering proposals to foster alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits.

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G-7, Mexico: risk groups to get 1st swine flu meds

Pregnant women, health workers and people with risky health conditions will be the first to receive swine flu vaccinations, according to an agreement reached Friday by the world's seven largest economies and Mexico.

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Dioxin levels high in Vietnam near US base

New environmental tests confirm extremely high levels of dioxin, the toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, in people, fish and soil near a former U.S. air base where American troops stored the herbicide during the Vietnam War.
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