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Minnesota lawmakers ask Congress to offer public health option

WASHINGTON - Thirty-two Minnesota legislators have signed a letter supporting the Public Insurance Option as a key part of affordable health care for all Americans. President Obama has said a public insurance plan option to essential to reform health care, but some members of Congress are balking.

As Congress shapes health care bill, opportunities and dangers for progressives

Congress is approaching the end of its first month in this cycle of grappling with the nation’s failed health care system. There is huge opportunity to win a significant improvement to our system and a major political victory against the far right, but, there is grave danger that the progressive health care movement will be outmaneuvered, reforms will be cosmetic and the far right will be able to make a comeback. A progressive victory depends on our political work right now.

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Calcium is key to strong bones for a lifetime

Drink your milk—it’s often a message to children, but adults can also benefit from this advice.

WHO: Pigs don't cause 'swine flu'

The World Health Organisation said on Thursday it will stop using the term 'swine flu' after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs.

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COMMENTARY Cancer: a journey taken together

Cancer is a journey you do not want to take, yet millions of people all over the world experience that journey.

Latino community gears up for universal health care fight

CHICAGO -- Thirty- five community and church leaders met in the First Spanish Congregational Church of Chicago to discuss Single Payer Universal Health Care legislation in Illinois and Congress. This was the second meeting of a group of concerned citizens who have begun an informational campaign explaining what and how a universal health system benefits the Latino and other communities.

Swine flu outbreak raises wider questions

The death of a 23-month-old toddler in Texas yesterday was the first U.S. death in the swine flu outbreak that has killed 159 people in Mexico so far. It adds to the mounting worry here and abroad about the spread of this potentially deadly virus. It also raises many questions about the sustainability of food production on the corporate model. But predictably, the ultra-right in the U.S. is trying to hijack the issue for its racist and anti-immigrant agenda.

Kids' cough medicines don't work, warns drugs watchdog

Parents have been warned that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines do not work on children under 12 and can even cause side effects such as hallucinations.

New insight into HI-virus

JOHANNESBURG, (PlusNews) - New research has revealed the extent and speed at which the HI virus can adapt to overcome the body's own evolving defence systems.

New allies in health care fight

Our nation’s health care crisis is in the public eye, and while Democratic presidential candidates, with the exception of Dennis Kucinich, are trying to appropriate the language of universal health care to win support for plans that don’t eliminate the private insurance industry, new opportunities for alliances and advocacy continue to appear.

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