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Mexico Nears Junk Food Tax, Sets Anti-Obesity Plan

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Mexico's Congress is nearing final approval of new taxes on junk food and soft drinks as the government announces an anti-obesity plan to fight fat in a country with one of the world's highest rates of overweight people.

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Washoe County Starting Fall/Winter Burn Code

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Beginning November 1 and continuing through February 28, the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) uses Keep It Clean – Know the Code, a color-coded Green, Yellow, Red Burn Code program to inform area residents whether lighting stoves or fireplaces is allowed or advisable.

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New Nurse Health Line Available 24/7

Updated: 10/30/2013 - Washoe County residents now have access to a Nurse Health Line that will be available to them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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White House Grants Extension for Health Law Signups

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The Obama administration says it's granting a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law.

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Kraft Recalls String Cheese That May Spoil Fast

Posted: 10/29/2013 - Kraft is voluntarily recalling some of its Kraft and Polly-O string cheese because it may spoil and change color before the expiration date on the packages.

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Farmers Tied to Listeria Outbreak Plead Guilty

Updated: 10/22/2013 - Two Colorado farmers whose cantaloupes were tied to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under a deal with federal prosecutors.

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Santa Monica to Charge Fitness Trainers to Use Park

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Santa Monica has tentatively decided to start charging people who use its parks to run commercial fitness classes after complaints from residents that the exercise programs are crowding picnickers and others out of the beachfront city's public spaces.

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UNSOM Research In Jeopardy With Shutdown

Updated: 10/10/2013 - Military families, veterans, now Nevada's medical school says it may also feel the impacts of the government shutdown soon. The chief of the medical school's pharmacology department says a protracted shutdown could ultimately cost personnel, specimens, laboratory chemicals, and grants—the life blood of their research.

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Expert: Mom, Baby Deaths Put TB Back on Radar

Updated: 10/10/2013 - Experts say the overall decline of tuberculosis in the United States may be part of the reason why the disease wasn't detected in a young Las Vegas mother and her baby until it was too late.

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Gov't Health and Safety Efforts Slowed or Halted

Posted: 10/08/2013 - The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans' health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking the flu. The latest example: investigating an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states.

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CA Health Exchange Processes 16K Applications

Posted: 10/08/2013 - Officials with California's health insurance exchange say more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace's first five days of operation.

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High School Accused of Disability Discrimination

Posted: 10/08/2013 - Parents of a disabled high school student suing Washoe County school officials for discrimination say staff physically restrained their daughter inappropriately 110 times over seven weeks, often pinning her to the floor for several minutes at a time.

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USDA Issues Health Alert for Some CA Chicken

Posted: 10/08/2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people have fallen ill.

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Babies in Summerlin NICU Allegedly Exposed to TB

Updated: 10/07/2013 - Health officials are recommending babies and family members who were at Summerlin Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit this past summer get tested for tuberculosis.

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Americans, German Win Nobel for Cell Transport

Updated: 10/07/2013 - Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discoveries on how hormones, enzymes and other key substances are transported within cells.

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Obama: Don't Give Up on Health Signups

Posted: 10/05/2013 - President Barack Obama is encouraging consumers not to give up enrolling for insurance under the new health care law.

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