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VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

Nationwide veteran benefits data show a huge variation in coverage from state to state, and even within states. In Massachusetts, access to VA services changes dramatically from Boston to Cape Cod.
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Minifasting: How Occasionally Skipping Meals May Boost Health

If your New Year's resolutions to eat better haven't panned out yet, consider intermittent fasting. It's gaining traction among dieters and researchers for its benefits beyond just weight loss.
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Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home

You can now monitor your heart rhythm with your cell phone. Dr. Eric Topol imagines a day when patients will be doing a lot more of their own medical testing, with doctors as advisers.
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Donating A Single Rollerblade Is Not Going To Help Disaster Victims

Yet that's what someone gave after the Haitian earthquake. A staffer at one nonprofit offers a plan to discourage unuseful donations from individuals and corporations and get what's really needed.
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Why OCD Is 'Miserable': A Science Reporter's Obsession With Contracting HIV

David Adam has had obsessive-compulsive disorder for 20 years. In The Man Who Couldn't Stop, he chronicles his experiences — and how medical understanding and treatment of OCD have changed over time.
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What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

Since the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, more evidence has piled up showing the benefits of drinking water and the risks of sugary beverages. So scientists say it's time for a water symbol on MyPlate.
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5 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go?

Governments and nonprofits have insisted on keeping control of their projects in Haiti. So projects have cost several times more than they should. And Haiti is a long way from "building back better."
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Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

Even if your avatar for games and social media doesn't look at all like you, it still says a lot about your personality, a study finds. Want to look friendly? Skip the shades; wear a sweater.
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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.
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The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

One of the most important medical advances may also be the simplest: hand-washing. It's the best defense against spreading disease. And its power was discovered long before anyone knew about germs.

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