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Personality Can Change Over A Lifetime, And Usually For The Better

Psychologists have been arguing for decades over whether personality traits are real or a myth. More recent research shows that traits are real, a scientist says, and have a big effect on behavior.
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Chicago Residents Fight Crime One Vacant Lot At A Time

A Chicago program announced two years ago that allows homeowners in impoverished neighborhoods to buy vacant lots on their block for a dollar is off to a very slow start. Residents hoping to spruce up the lots, plant community gardens or turn them into gathering places are frustrated by slow city bureaucracy.
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A Hospital Offers Frequent ER Patients An Out — Free Housing

Glenn Baker is what hospitals call a superutilizer, coming into the ER again and again with multiple health issues made worse by homelessness. So a Chicago hospital decided to offer him a home.
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Feds Want To Speed Up Medicare Appeals, But Backlog Will Still Last Years

A Department of Health and Human Services proposal and an increase in funding could reduce the backlog in appeals of denied Medicare claims by 2021, six years sooner than without the changes.
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Doctors Get Creative To Soothe Tech-Savvy Kids Before Surgery

Surgery can be emotionally and physically stressful for children. A California anesthesiologist has come up with a way to reduce anxiety that's safer, cheaper and much more entertaining.
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NPR Politics Lunchbox: Concerns in Cleveland, 'Funny-Looking People'

Our favorite 2016 news and stories of the day curated from NPR and around the web.
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California To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

An initiative has officially obtained enough signatures to be placed on November's ballot. It would allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants for recreational use.
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'The Aleppo Evil' Is Making A Comeback

It's a disfiguring disease spread by the bite of sand flies. And there are fears that the Syrian refugee problem is triggering a dramatic increase in cases.
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Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia, or depression.
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Doctors At Southern Hospitals Take The Most Payments From Drug, Device Companies

A hospital's location and whether it is for-profit make a big difference in the share of its doctors taking industry payments like meals, travel and speaking fees. Check out the ProPublica analysis.

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