New High School Danger: Extreme Binge Drinking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_c687be600e.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Parents not only have to worry about their high school-age kids drinking or even binge drinking alcoholic beverages.  They have to be concerned their youngsters are extreme binge drinking. That's the term health officials are giving to the practice of drinking anywhere from 10 to 15 drinks or even more in one session. Extreme binge drinking is not that uncommon, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, which conducted a study of the practice.

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Five Things to Know About Healthcare Insurance Exchanges

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_5145150a10.jpgSelectStock / Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- One of the largest components of Obama’s healthcare overhaul will go into effect in just a couple of weeks. But according to a recent Pew Research Center/USA Today survey, just a quarter of those surveyed have a very good understanding of how the law will impact them. People will be able to purchase health insurance through “exchanges” -- some of them run by the federal government, others by the states, and still others by a federal-state partnership.

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CDC Report: Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Caused 23,000 Deaths

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_b63a234d45.jpgNicolas Loran / Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  At least two million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year, according to Federal Health Officials. This is the first time that federal authorities assessed the effects of organisms that antibiotics are incapable of fighting. Dr. Stuart Levy, a professor of microbiology at Tufts University and the president of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics told the New York Times, “they have come up with hard numbers where it has been only guesswork."

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Texas Boy Dead After Being Bitten by Fire Ants

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_2869890d3a.jpgStocktrek/Getty Images (CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- A Texas middle-school student died after ant bites he received on a football field last week sent him to the hospital with a severe allergic reaction. Cameron Espinosa, an eighth grade student at Haas Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, died Sunday night after spending several days in an induced coma because of swelling in his brain, Driscoll Children's Hospital officials told KIII, an ABC affiliate in South Texas.

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Measles Make Unwelcome Comeback

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_f1c269009b.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- If you were a kid more than 50 years ago, there was a good chance you might have caught the measles, which started with a fever and cough, leading to a rash of tiny red spots that could cover the entire body. A vaccine in 1963 essentially wiped out the disease although there was an outbreak in 1989-1991 that affected tens of thousands of youngsters.

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