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Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers

Mysterious fumes wafting in from outside have repeatedly sickened several nurses at a rural Pennsylvania health clinic, forcing the clinic to temporarily relocate. Like many other people living near gas wells around the country, the clinic's staff wonders whether the industry in their backyard is making them sick.
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Black Pepper May Give You A Kick, But Don't Count On It For Weight Loss

Black pepper and other spicy foods are often touted as weight loss aides, thanks to ingredients like capsaicin, but saying no to the freshly-grated Parmesan is more likely to help you lose weight.
 

'Life, Interrupted' By Cancer Diagnosis At 22

Months after moving to Paris to start her first full-time job, Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, she is coping with relying on her parents for care while dealing with adult issues of mortality, infertility and disease. She writes about her experience for the New York Times Well blog.

'Life, Interrupted' By Cancer Diagnosis At 22

Months after moving to Paris to start her first full-time job, Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, she is coping with relying on her parents for care while dealing with adult issues of mortality, infertility and disease. She writes about her experience for the New York Times Well blog.

Buyers Of Hyped Skechers 'Toning Shoes' Can Get Refunds

Skechers has agreed to pay $40 million to settle claims that it deceived buyers of Shape-ups shoes.

FDA Delays Sunscreen Label Redo

To avert summer shortages, the agency has delayed changes to sunscreen labels.

Poll: Americans Support Compensation For Organ Donors

About 60 percent of Americans support health care credits as compensation for organ donors.

Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking

Researchers plan to mine 10 years of data on people who live near the Marcellus Shale gas wells.

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