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Kids Of Parents Who Smoke At Home Miss More School

Children living with a smoker in the house miss about one extra school day per year. And if two adults in the house smoke, children miss 1.54 more days compared to kids from nonsmoking households.
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D.C. To Change Rules For Tanning Salons

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The D.C. government is eyeing legislation that would overhaul the rules for tanning salons.

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Medical Mystery Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Returns

Several months ago, researchers proved wrong the 2009 finding that chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by a bacteria. Now, without a cause to focus on, patients and doctors are back in a medical limbo.
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Cracking The Conundrum Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The cause of the disease is still unknown, but researchers have found some treatments that may help. One psychiatrist says that when patients adopt a more positive attitude about their symptoms, it often translates into greater confidence and more energy.
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Nation's Jails Struggle With Mentally Ill Prisoners

More Americans receive mental health treatment in prisons and jails than in hospitals or treatment centers, yet the criminal justice system was never built to handle people with mental illnesses. A judge in Miami-Dade County is trying to prevent those with mental illnesses who have committed minor crimes from ending up in jail.
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Military Medicine's Long War Against Malaria

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center is famous for treating both presidents and soldiers. But the institution is also a longtime leader in the fight to develop vaccines, including one against malaria — something many thought wasn't possible. That vaccine is currently in a large-scale human trial in Africa.
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Tiny Strokes May Cause The Shuffling Gait of Old Age

The slow, shuffling walk of old age may be caused by invisible problems with tiny blood vessels in the brain. One-third of people who tested normal during life were found to have these tiny abnormalities in blood vessels at autopsy.
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'Change Is Hard': Army, Navy Hospitals Merge

The new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, on the grounds of the Navy's campus in Bethesda, Md., combines two flagship military hospitals in an effort to improve patient care. Combining two institutions with their own long — and separate — cultures and history won't be easy.

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