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'Guilty But Mentally Ill' Doesn't Protect Against Harsh Sentences

Jurors often are reluctant to acquit someone who committed a crime while mentally ill, or to find that person guilty. So they take a third option: guilty but mentally ill. It's far from perfect.
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McDonald's Now Serving Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics — Mostly

The fast-food chain's suppliers are still allowed to use certain types of antibiotics that aren't used to treat people.
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A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.
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Researchers Describe A New Hypothesis About Why The Female Orgasm Exists

A pair of evolutionary biologists think the female orgasm, or at least its predecessor in other animals, may have more to do with stimulating ovulation than previously thought.
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With Zika in Miami, What Should Pregnant Women Across The U.S. Do?

Federal health officials are cautioning pregnant travelers to avoid a Miami neighborhood where at least 14 cases of the virus have been traced to local mosquitoes. What about the rest of Florida?
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Patients Seek Out Alternatives To Opioids In Treatment Of Chronic Pain

Opioids are often considered mandatory for treatment of chronic pain, but many patients would prefer an alternative. Doctors say those alternatives may also work better in some cases.
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FDA-Approved Knock-Offs Of Biotech Drugs Could Safely Save Big Bucks

Drugs that consist of proteins and antibodies typically made by living organisms represent the new frontier in drug industry competition.
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Zika Virus Spreads More Rapidly In Puerto Rico

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with New York Times science and health reporter Donald McNeil Jr. about the status of the Zika epidemic in Puerto Rico. McNeil Jr. reports that while there are around 5,500 confirmed infections, the actual numbers are far greater, and many residents are highly skeptical of the government's actions to combat the virus.
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At Least 10 More People Contract Zika In Florida

Mosquitoes have infected at least 10 more people with Zika in Miami, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend pregnant women avoid the area and triggering a request from the state of Florida for help from the CDC.
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Many More People Seek Medical Help For Opioid Abuse

Insurance claims for medical services related to opioid dependence rose more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014, a study finds, suggesting that opioid problems have gone mainstream.

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