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Nadine Gordimer: Wise Words About Bettering A Troubled World

She lived in a country where people suffered because of the color of their skin. And she had a knack for saying just the right thing to inspire us to stand up for all the world's needy souls.
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Pathogens On A Plane: How To Stay Healthy In Flight

We all think of airplanes as hotbeds for diseases. But how easily do pathogens spread on jets? One travel doctor explains what he does to keep from bringing home microbial stowaways.
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Why Are Obstetricians Top Billers For Group Therapy In Illinois?

Illinois leads the U.S. in group psychotherapy sessions for Medicare patients. Some top billers aren't mental health specialists. The state's Medicaid program has cracked down, but the feds haven't.
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Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up

Desmond D'Sa fought a landfill that took over a beautiful valley and sickened residents with its awful smell. He lost his job but won the battle — and the Goldman Environmental Prize.
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Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better

A big national study of Head Start programs shows that focusing on preschoolers' social and emotional skills can help them better engage in learning.
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Maryland's Andy Harris Defends Move To Block D.C. Marijuana Bill

The Maryland Republican Congressman who moved to block a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in D.C. defended his actions and criticized the move to boycott businesses in his district, which includes popular tourist destination Ocean City.

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To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

To get his young patients moving, Dr. Robert Zarr whips out his pad and prescribes a park. And not just any park. One chosen for the child from a 380-park database.
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Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

We tend to soothe ourselves with sugar-laden foods when we're feeling strained. But they may make us feel even worse. Protein and omega-3s, on the other hand, can help reduce stress, researchers say.
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Hearing Aid Evolution Unveils What The World Sounds Like In '3-D'

When health reporter Kathleen Raven was 5, she found out she had a hearing problem. She got her first pair of hearing aids in 1993, but as the technology improves, she's still learning new sounds.
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Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill

The retired Anglican bishop said the end of former South African President Nelson Mandela's life robbed him of his dignity.

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