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Despite Senate Passage, Polls Show Majority Still Oppose Healthcare Bill

Even though the Senate passed the healthcare bill early on Christmas Eve, and despite a recent uptick in support for the overhaul, most Americans remain skeptical about the most sweeping reform of the healthcare system since 1965.

Milk Thistle May Decrease Liver Damage In Chemotherapy Patients, New Study Concludes

According to new research, milk thistle extract may help reduce liver damage caused by certain cancer drugs. Although the plant has been used for more than 2,000 years to treat disorders of the liver and gall bladder, the study, to be published online in the journal Cancer, is the first to test the herb’s toxicity-resistant properties among cancer patients in a placebo-controlled trial, according to MedPageToday.com.

Chemicals Found In Cannabis May Aid The Treatment Of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Compounds found in cannabis may be useful as part of an effective treatment for certain inflammatory bowel diseases, a new study has found. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two of the more prevalent bowel diseases, are caused by genetic and environmental factors such as diet, stress and bacterial imbalance.

Common Pain Reliever May Increase Risk Of Asthma, Researchers Say

As we enter the peak of cold and flu season in the United States, many people have begun to look for alternative remedies to help cope with winter sickness. New research conducted at the University of British Columbia has shown that the widely used pain reliever acetaminophen may lead to an increased risk of asthma and wheezing in both children and adults.

Study By AP Finds U.S. Gun Laws Getting More Lax

In a blow to gun-regulation proponents, a review by the Associated Press (AP) has found that during the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the Southwest, have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions.

Government Reports Progress On Virtual Border Fence, But Not Everyone Is Happy

Government officials have announced a plan to turn over the first section of the "virtual fence" along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico frontier to the Border Patrol in January, but it remains unclear whether the system will ever cover the entire border.

First Salvos Fired In High-profile Massachusetts Senate Run

In the first phase of the special election that is bound to have a significant impact on American politics for at least another year, Martha Coakley and Scott Brown won the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively, to replace Senator Edward Kennedy who died last August.

Treasury Admits Obama's Foreclosure Prevention Program Falls Short

In a rare display of self-criticism, officials from the Treasury Department admitted that the government’s mortgage modification program has helped only a small percentage of borrowers facing foreclosures.

Acupuncture May Reduce The Itch Related To Eczema

According to a new study, a session of acupuncture may help relieve the itch associated with the allergic skin condition known as atopic eczema, Reuters reports.

California Man Looks To Ban Divorce, Ruffle Conservative Feathers

In an effort to satirize Californians who voted to repeal gay marriage laws to "protect the sanctity of marriage," a Sacramento man has started a petition to outlaw divorce amongst heterosexual couples, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

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