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Health Link FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
Health Link FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood FDA: Pregnant women should eat low-mercury seafood
The government is reminding pregnant women to stay away from certain fish that can be high in mercury. But the agency won't require package labeling on mercury content, which is what consumer groups had sought.
Health Link Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival Cheap drug greatly boosts prostate cancer survival
A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.
Health Link Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted Medicare coverage ban on sex-change surgery lifted
Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision.
Health Link First lady responds to school meal critics First lady responds to school meal critics
First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."
Health Link Study: Bacteria live even in healthy placentas Study: Bacteria live even in healthy placentas
Surprising new research shows a small but diverse community of bacteria lives in the placentas of healthy pregnant women, overturning the belief that fetuses grow in a pretty sterile environment.
Health Link 5 Things to Know about women's medical care at VA
Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
Health Link Train derailment fuels sleep apnea screening talks Train derailment fuels sleep apnea screening talks
A deadly Metro-North train derailment last year in which the "dazed" engineer was found to have sleep apnea has pushed the commuter railroad to look into establishing screening for the condition, which could include measuring operators' necks and asking them and their spouses about snoring habits.