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Report: Kids' Medication Poisonings Rise Sharply

Report: Kids' Medication Poisonings Rise Sharply

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Kid's Health:

Prescription and over-the-counter medicines are the leading cause of child poisonings in the United States, according to a new report. While overall child poisonings are on the decline, medication-related poisonings doubled between 1979 and 2006, Ann J. Curry reports for CNN.

Health Reform: Here are six scenarios for how the U.S. Supreme Court could rule on the 2010 health reform law as it takes up arguments next week, Mark Sherman and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar report for the Associated Press.

Vaccines: Pockets of unvaccinated children in the United States, particularly in the Northwest, continue to worry public health officials who say parents who eschew immunizations for their own kids put all children at risk for measles and other potentially life-threatening childhood diseases, Valerie Bauerlein and Betsy McKay report for the Wall St. Journal.

Altitude Sickness: Good news for skiers and mountaineers: taking ibuprofen before, during and after going to high altitudes can reduce altitude sickness, according to a new study, Alice Park reports for Time.

Medicare/Medicaid: Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed Republican budget plan would dramatically reshape Medicare and Medicaid, raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67 from 65 and turn Medicaid over to the states, Marilyn Werber Serafini reports for Kaiser Health News.

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