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Immigrants in Court Lack Lawyers

May 5, 2011
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A study in New York City showed that immigrants have a much better chance to win their deportation cases if they have legal assistance. In addition, only 40 percent of detained immigrants have lawyers.

A federal judge in New York …

Rise in Asthma is Puzzling Experts

May 4, 2011
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Americans are suffering from asthma in record numbers. Nearly one in 10 children and almost one in 12 Americans of all ages now has asthma.

A government report says that asthma increased among all groups: men, women, whites, blacks and …

Middle-Class Grows in Africa

May 3, 2011
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Economic growth in Africa is creating a broad middle-class. It is taking place across the African continent. Experts compare it to the growth of the middle-class in India and China.

This is a dramatic …

New York Trying to Ban Food Stamps for Soft Drinks

May 1, 2011
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New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wants to ban the use of food stamps for the purchase of “sugary” soft drinks. He is asking the federal government for permission.

The mayor believes the ban will reduce obesity and diabetes

Indiana to Cut Planned Parenthood Funds

April 30, 2011
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The state of Indiana is ending Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood.

The group says Medicaid dollars go for annual exams, birth control and breast cancer screening.

Abortion rights supporters said the decision would affect 22,000 poor residents of Indiana. Planned

New Food Ad Rules for Children

April 30, 2011
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The federal government proposed new guidelines for the food industry. It wants the industry to change how it advertises cereal, soda pop, snacks, restaurant meals and other foods to children.

Regulators are asking food …

Pediatricians: Chemicals Hurt Children, Want Regulation

April 29, 2011
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Studies show consumer products are exposing children to toxic chemicals. A Doctors group is campaigning to change how the U.S. regulates hazardous substances. The American Pediatric Society condemned a 1976 law that allows the release of products that may harm …

Florida Planning to Lower Medicaid Costs

April 27, 2011
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Florida is passing laws that change its Medicaid program dramatically. The goal is to lower costs, manage care, and reduce waste and fraud.

The cost of Medicaid has gone from $9 billion in 1999 to $21 billion in 2010. That …

Free Medicare Tests Go Unused

April 27, 2011
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Seniors no longer have to pay for certain medical tests. Medicare offers free exams to help prevent or control cancer and other costly and painful diseases. These benefits are part of the new federal health-care law.

The free tests include …

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