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Opinion: Truth exposed: We haven't done enough for combat veterans

"Our nation has a long tradition of according honor to veterans in recognition of their service, especially for those who fought on the front lines." That's a statement made by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, in support of HB313.
Health-care sacrifice

President Obama sometimes presents health-care reform as a pain-free proposition, as simple as choosing the red pill over the blue - one that's no more effective but costs twice as much. Asked at his news conference whether "the American people are going to have to give anything up in order for this to happen," Obama's basic answer was no. "They're going to have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier," he said.
Support public health insurance option

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine released the results of a nationwide survey of doctors regarding the insurance coverage dilemma; 63 percent of our doctors favor the public insurance option and an additional 10 percent back a single-payer, Canadian-style system.
Researchers seek less hospital time for heart attack victims

Hospitals could safely move toward releasing heart attack patients without complications after just three days, instead of the usual five or six, a team of researchers suggested on Thursday.
Exposure to other kids' germs can be a good thing

Early exposure to other youngsters and their germs appears to protect children from developing asthma later on, according to a study that could reassure parents feeling guilty about putting their infants in day care.
New tools available to help smokers quit

Nicole Eaton is a typical smoker. She started smoking when she was a teen-ager, 13 to be exact, and now she can't stop.
Scientists report that pot may be useful medicine

WASHINGTON - The active ingredients in marijuana can help fight pain and nausea and thus deserve to be tested in scientific trials, an advisory panel to the federal government said today in a report sure to reignite the debate over whether marijuana is a helpful or harmful drug.
Cold sensitivity gene mutation may explain new medical syndrome

A single gene mutation causes some immune system cells to shut down at body temperature and sends others into overdrive in the cold, creating a mix of ailments that researchers say constitutes a new medical syndrome.
Outside editorial: An antibiotic wake-up call

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Friday: On the growing roster of antibiotic-resistant diseases, gonorrhea is the one that has most recently captured the attention of public health officials.
Outside editorial: Where mammograms fit

The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:


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