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The fast-food giant, one of the world's biggest beef buyers, announces plans to use its might to cut back on antibiotics in its global beef supply. Environmentalists are applauding the commitment.

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Posted: December 11, 2018, 6:35 pm
The USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy medical ship, floats off the coast of Riohacha, Colombia. The medical vessel is on a four-country tour of the region, providing medical assistance.

The USNS Comfort spent a week in the Caribbean caring for ailing Venezuelans who couldn't get treatment in their troubled home country.

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Posted: December 11, 2018, 5:18 pm
The shortage is a nationwide problem. And the cause, according to the drug

This holiday season, the must-have item for people of a certain age is a vaccine to protect against shingles, the painful skin condition caused by a reawakening of the chickenpox virus.

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Posted: December 11, 2018, 4:53 pm

After a high-profile shooting, national attention naturally focuses on those who are killed. However, shooting survivors often struggle with recovery and disability for years and decades afterward.

Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:05 am
For years, pregnant women have been routinely excluded from medical studies, a practice that has left unanswered questions about how best to treat many health conditions during pregnancy.

To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren't included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.

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Posted: December 10, 2018, 8:26 pm
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the new mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, speaks at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. "For decades, there had been no structure, no focused thinking of a strategy for the city," she says. "The way my brain works is with plans. I have to have a to-do list."

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the first female mayor in Freetown in years, is trying to clean up the perpetual mess caused by rain and garbage — a first step in her plan to revive the beleaguered city.

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Posted: December 10, 2018, 6:38 pm
  Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart (left), has been shucking oysters at Pascal

Tighter regulations on oyster harvesting have helped reduce the number of people affected by the deadly bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, but warming waters have allowed the bacteria to expand and thrive.

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Posted: December 10, 2018, 4:57 pm
Angela Lautner, who lives in Elsmere, Ky., has Type 1 diabetes and is an advocate for affordable insulin.

The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life and death issue. Now a grassroots movement is pushing for change.

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Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:05 am
The people who got caught up in the exercise boom of the 1970s and stuck with it into their senior years now have significantly healthier hearts and muscles than their sedentary counterparts.

Why develop an exercise habit now? Because 75-year-olds who've been doing it for decades may have the cardiovascular systems of people in their 40s and the muscles of 20-somethings, researchers found.

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Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:03 am
Located in Northern Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Superior, Ashland, Wis. has had enough of substance abuse issue. NorthLakes Community Clinic brought in Dr. Mark Lim to start a team providing substance abuse and mental health services.

While opioids get all the attention, rural communities struggle with substances like meth and alcohol too. One clinic is building up capacity to treat all of them, using both medicine and counseling.

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Posted: December 9, 2018, 12:52 pm
In front of Japan

An aging population and low birth rate have led lawmakers to accept semi-skilled non-Japanese temporary laborers.

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Posted: December 8, 2018, 12:32 am
When to get care and when to pass often comes down to finances.

A third of people under 35 said cost led them to put off some form of health care, compared with only 8 percent of people 65 and older, a poll by NPR and IBM Watson Health found.

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Posted: December 7, 2018, 7:11 pm
A woman in Johannesburg, South Africa, uses an HIV kit that tests for antibodies in oral fluids.

That's why public health officials are urging people to "know your status." But if they learn they are HIV positive, there isn't always a clear path to treatment.

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Posted: December 7, 2018, 5:43 pm
The Trump administration is giving schools more flexibility in the meals they serve. Critics say the rollback on school lunch rules is bad for kids

Advocates say the Trump administration's rollback of nutrition requirements could lead to school meals that are inconsistent with federal dietary guidelines.

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Posted: December 7, 2018, 5:38 pm
Kate Orff on the TED stage

Oysters filter water, their shells form protective reefs and habitats, and regenerate into more oyster shells. Kate Orff uses oysters to revive depleted ecosystems — like those around New York City.

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Posted: December 7, 2018, 2:28 pm
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