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'Contagion': CDC Basks In Hollywood's Admiring Take On Disease Detectives

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the film Contagion was designed for entertainment purposes, but that the scenario of a global pandemic is plausible. "We can't know what's going to happen," says Frieden.

Fear of Antidepressants Leads People To Shun Treatment

Many people don't want to tell their doctor that they have symptoms of depression. And they've got a variety of reasons: fear of antidepressants, fear of being sent to a psychiatrist and worries about the confidentiality of medical records.
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Arlington To Give 100 Homes To Homeless

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Arlington County is working to provide homes for 100 of its most needy homeless individuals in the coming months.

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D.C. Region's Uninsured Below Average


Despite a rising poverty rate, the number of uninsured in the D.C. region is below the national average.


Fatal Car Crashes Drop For 16-Year-Olds, Rise For Older Teens

Tougher licensing laws may explain the findings of a study that analyzed more than 130,000 fatal teen crashes over 22 years. Experts note that teens who wait until they are 18 can get their license without jumping through as many hoops — or facing as many restrictions.

Pediatricians Fact-Check Bachmann's Bashing of HPV Vaccine

The American Academy of Pediatrics said there is no validity to statements that a vaccine against cervical cancer is dangerous and can lead to mental retardation.

How Does The CDC Determine Vaccine Schedules?

Michele Norris speaks with Dr. Carol Baker, chair of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She describes how the CDC determines the schedules for children's immunizations.