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Nurse Visits Help First-Time Moms, Cut Government Costs In Long Run

The Affordable Care Act has made available more assistance to new mothers so they can raise healthier kids. But critics say the standards for those programs are too lenient.

Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts

Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because he figured out what communities needed in a neighborhood store.

A Fungus Causes More Unexpected Illnesses In Montana

The infectious disease world is not short on surprises. Take the people in Montana and Idaho who looked like they had pneumonia. It turned out they had a fungal disease never before seen there.

Vindication For Fidgeters: Movement May Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

There's a correlation between physical movement and mental work, new research suggests. For kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that may mean bouncing a knee helps sharpen their focus.

A Database Of All Things Brainy

Researchers in Seattle are busy cataloging what scientists have learned. For now that includes detailed information on 240 mouse cells. Next up: a data trove of details on human brain cells.

Long-Term Depression May Boost Stroke Risk Long After Mood Improves

Even after the psychological pain is effectively treated, damage from long years of depression may linger. It seems to double the risk of stroke among adults over age 50, research suggests.

Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

A carrot isn't enough — bring on the stick. A study finds smokers are more likely to quit tobacco if they lose some of their own money after a relapse, than if they get a bonus for quitting the habit.

Why Would A Fish Make Its Own Sunscreen?

Research suggests that genes that make a natural sunscreen jumped from algae to an ancestor of vertebrates hundreds of millions of years ago. Some animals kept the ability. Others didn't.

How To Feed A Numbat: Zoo Cookery Aids Endangered Species

Zoo nutritionists these days have to do more than try to keep displayed animals happy and healthy. Sometimes the goal is to bring endangered wildlife back from the brink.

Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.