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Dec 22nd

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The importance of folic acid and prenatal care to prevent birth defects, especially among Hispanic women

The importance of folic acid and prenatal care to prevent birth defects, especially among Hispanic womenROCHESTER, Minn. — Although Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers don't have a definite answer as to why spina bifida birth defects occur, they have identified a few important risk factors and two different surgery options. Risk factors include race, family history, diabetes, obesity, increased body temperature and folate deficiency.
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DeAngelo Williams honors mother and four aunts in season opener and Race for the Cure

DeAngelo Williams honors mother and four aunts in season opener and Race for the CureCHARLOTTE, NC - In preparation for Sunday's (Sept., 14) season opener against Tampa Bay, Carolina Panthers star running back DeAngelo Williams dyed strands of his hair pink and painted his toenails pink.
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Ethanol's unrealized promise

Ethanol's unrealized promiseDear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I've heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten? -- Bill B., Hershey, PA

Ethanol and similar "biofuels" made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels. But recent research has shown that the federal government's push to up production of corn-derived ethanol as a gasoline additive since 2007 has actually expanded our national carbon footprint and contributed to a range of other problems.
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Poll finds health most common source of stress

Poll finds health most common source of stressPrinceton, N.J.—A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) poll released that examines the role of stress in Americans' lives finds that about half of the public (49%) reported that they had a major stressful event or experience in the past year. Nearly half (43%) reported that the most stressful experiences related to health.
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Hunger persists in Minnesota despite economic upswing: USDA: 11-percent of MN households are food insecure

Hunger persists in Minnesota despite economic upswing: USDA: 11-percent of MN households are food insecureST. PAUL, Minn. - Many of the leading economic indicators in Minnesota, such as the unemployment rate and manufacturing, continue to improve, but the rebound is not being fully felt when it comes to families struggling to put food on the table.
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Push to recruit Black, Latino nurses: Heart Association teams with Macy's for scholarship program

Push to recruit Black, Latino nurses: Heart Association teams with Macy's for scholarship programArihanna Venable enjoys talking with her patients as she performs physical exams, takes their blood pressure and, sometimes administers medicine to help soothe wounds or illnesses.
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Minnesota retailers lead nation in preventing tobacco sales to youth

Minnesota retailers lead nation in preventing tobacco sales to youthMinnesota achieved a 99 percent compliance rate with state and federal laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to people under 18 years old during the 2013 federal fiscal year. Minnesota tied with Nevada for the lowest retailer sale violation rate of one percent, as reported in an annual report recently released by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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