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Vaccination during pregnancy: What you need to know

Immunization of a mother both before and during pregnancy is important to protect the baby and the mother. Pregnancy renders the immune system less active by design, so that it does not recognize the baby as something that doesn’t belong in the body. Unfortunately, the pregnant woman is then more likely to contract an illness during pregnancy and more likely to be seriously affected by that illness.

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Colonoscopy is best line of defense against colorectal cancer

Many people cringe when their doctor recommends they get a colonoscopy after their 50th birthday. But the simple procedure can literally be a life saver. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, affecting one in 18 people, but it’s largely preventable through screening and early treatment.

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Why young girls shouldn’t diet

Childhood obesity is on the rise – about 17 percent of North American kids are beyond overweight. At the same time, children and teens are inundated with glorified images of super-skinny women, from runway models with thigh gap (extoled on Tumblr pages) to Miley Cyrus. No wonder experts estimate that 60 percent of high-school girls, 80 percent of 10-year olds and 40 percent of 9-year-olds have dieted.

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US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

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