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Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness - among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet....

Study: 'Biggest Loser' contestants have slower metabolisms
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CHICAGO (AP) -- A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds....

Parents sue over lead in water at New Jersey city's schools
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Parents of four students filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against New Jersey's largest school district and other public officials over lead found in drinking water....





Study: Football concussions and resuming play vary by age
CHICAGO (AP) -- Younger football players are more likely to return to the field less than a day after suffering concussions than those in high school and college, according to a new study....

DOJ: South Dakota long-term care system violates federal law
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota's unnecessary reliance on nursing facilities to serve people with disabilities isolates those residents from their communities and violates federal law, according to the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation released Monday....

Gaza sewage crisis, festering in conflict, poisons coast
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone....

Nursing homes starting to offer more individualized menus
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen. The phone rang with a last minute order as Chris Willard tended to a large pot of Thai-style soup with fresh ginger, vegetables and thin-sliced beef....

Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise
CHICAGO (AP) -- Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved....

Faulty breast implants: French court upholds 4-year sentence
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) -- A French appeals court on Monday upheld a four-year prison sentence against a maker of fraudulent breast implants that were given to tens of thousands of women worldwide from 2001 to 2010....

FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents....

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