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Health Officials Consider Blood Serum As Possible Ebola Treatment

The World Health Organization is enthusiastic about "convalescent serum," which comes from the blood of people who have survived Ebola. But it's unclear how well it could work.
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4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?
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A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.
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More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

How long can you sit still in a desk? How about your 7-year-old? Maybe you could both use a break. A study shows that kids who get to run around and play after school are better at paying attention.
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What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us

People in the United Kingdom failed big time when they took a poll on risk factors for heart disease. Think you're more up to speed? Try our quickie quiz and find out.
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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching

If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis is likely to be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.
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The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

The scientists who study humans and their cultures could help health care professionals treat people who are reasonably, desperately afraid, they argue.
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What Drives Abortion: The Law or Income?

About 5 million women worldwide are admitted to hospitals each year because of complications after an abortion. But the key to stopping these injuries may have nothing to with changing the law.
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Unmasked, Cancer Survivors Face The Symbol Of Their Torture

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.
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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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