News bites: R&D flight, retail lab testing, and more

The United States is rapidly losing high-tech jobs — including in the medical-device industry — to Asia amid "moribund" interest in science in this country, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Retail labs that provide medical tests without involving patients' doctors are causing concerns, Kaiser Health News reports

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is blaming Taliban resistance to vaccines after polio cases in that country tripled last year, the Boston Globe reports.

Comfort-food chef Paula Deen is now pushing diabetes drugs and healthy eating, leaving some fans befuddled, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Consumer testing by Consumers Union provides a foundation for regulatory and legislative efforts to make health insurance understandable.

U.S. obesity rates held steady in 2009-2010, with more than one-third of adults and almost 17 percent of youth falling into that category, according to the latest figures from the CDC.