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US Prescription Spending Again Nearly Flat

Posted: 04/04/2012 - U.S. spending on prescription drugs was nearly flat in 2011 at $320 billion. It was held down by senior citizens and others reducing use of medicines and other health care and by greater use of cheaper generic pills.

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Studies: Surgery Can Put Diabetes into Remission

Posted: 03/26/2012 - New research provides clear proof that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes. Doctors say it should be offered sooner to more people with the disease -- not just as a last resort.

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Fake Avastin shipper tied to Canadadrugs.com

Posted: 03/22/2012 - Canadadrugs.com bills itself as the "largest and most trusted" online Canadian pharmacy. Based in an office building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it says it sells medications to people in 135 countries, including the United States.

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Spring Allergies May Arrive Early

Updated: 03/16/2012 - Because of Wisconsin's mild winter, spring allergy sufferers may be sneezing and wheezing even longer this season.

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Assembly Approves Abortion Consult Bill

Posted: 03/15/2012 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo a physical exam.

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CDC to Launch $54 Million Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign

Updated: 03/15/2012 - The campaign, "Tips From Former Smokers" aims to encourage smokers to quit and prevent young people from picking up the habit by telling the stories of real people who've had devastating health effects caused by smoking.

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Pepsi also Changes Chemical Coloring to Avoid Cancer Warning Label

Posted: 03/09/2012 - PepsiCo Inc. announced it is changing the way it makes the caramel coloring used in its sodas, joining Coca-Cola Co. in a bid to prevent the companies' soda bottles from carrying cancer warning labels as a result of a California law.

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Study Suggests more Women choose IUD if Free

Posted: 03/09/2012 - A major birth control study of nearly 10,000 women is under way in St. Louis that provides a clue about what might happen when a policy takes effect that will make contraceptives available free of charge as preventive care.

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Wis. Professor Gets Grant to Study Concussions

Posted: 03/06/2012 - The Department of Defense is awarding a professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin a $1.9 million grant to study the best ways to diagnose and assess the recovery times for concussions.

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Colon Cancer Second Most Common Cancer in Wisconsin

Posted: 03/05/2012 - In Wisconsin colon cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women combined. From 2003 to 2007 only about 40 percent of invasive colon cancers in Wisconsin were diagnosed at an early stage.

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Wis. Health Officials Urge Flu Shots

Posted: 03/01/2012 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot after a rise in confirmed cases of influenza.

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Government Eyes Popular Malt Liquor Four Loko

Posted: 03/01/2012 - A carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz out of a sweet alcoholic drink sometimes referred to as "blackout in a can."

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Wausau Still A Possibility For School Of Medicine

Updated: 02/29/2012 - A plan to bring a medical school to Wausau has run into a roadblock now that Aspirus Hospital has backed out on the project. But those in charge of the medical school say Wausau is still one of their first choices to build.

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Free Informative Memory Loss Program Held Thursday in Wausau

Posted: 02/23/2012 - The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Wisconsin will present a free program on memory-related conditions February 23 from 1-2 p.m. The program will be in the lower level conference room of the Aspirus Clinics building located on the south end of the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Campus.

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