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Lead Levels Are Forcing More Than 1,000 Indiana Residents To Relocate

The residents of a public housing complex in East Chicago, Ind., are now forced to move because of dangerously high lead levels in the area's soil. A lead smelting company used to lie on the site.
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Drop In Teen Pregnancies Is Due To More Contraceptives, Not Less Sex

Sexually active teenagers are more likely to use birth control and are choosing forms that are more effective, a study finds. Births to teens dropped by 36 percent from 2007 to 2013.
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Test Of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Finds Progress Against Brain Plaques

Researchers have failed repeatedly in their efforts to slow or halt Alzheimer's disease. But there are hints that an experimental drug can do what previous medicines could not.
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Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students

An estimated 20 percent of children show signs or symptoms of a mental health problem. It's a destructive force in schools, but most educators don't have the training or resources to help.

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A Paralyzed Florida Surfer Finds His Own 'Perfect Wave'

It took a lot of careful planning and specialized equipment to get Matt Bellina on the water again. But doctors say activity after an injury, no matter how severe, can be important for mental health.
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Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable, U.N. Health Officials Warn

The World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines that acknowledge an entire class of antibiotics is now all but useless against the sexually transmitted disease.
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In Philadelphia, Neighbors Learn How To Keep Shooting Victims Alive

A first-aid class in Philadelphia is designed to help people learn how to keep shooting victims alive until the paramedics arrive. It teaches skills such as applying tourniquets to stop bleeding.
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Advancing Mental Health Care For The Most Vulnerable

We talk with a long-time mental health service provider who works with vulnerable citizens about the state of mental health care, progress made in recent years and the way forward.

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Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

When humans talk to dogs, the canine brains seem to separate the meaning of the words from the intonation used and to analyze each aspect independently.
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Evolving Perspectives On Gender And Sex

In a new book, author and former NPR science reporter Frank Browning explores the complexities of gender. What it means to be a man and a woman, and evolving perspectives on gender and sex.

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