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Sexual Violence Against Children Is A Global Problem But Few Get Help

Young people in seven developing countries were interviewed about past sexual violence. On average, more than 1 in 4 girls and more than 1 in 10 boys reported abuse.
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How Many Viruses Have Infected You?

Most tests for viruses aim to detect only one or two. But researchers can now check a drop of blood for antibodies to hundreds of viruses, tracing the history of a lifetime of infections, old and new.
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Placenta Pills Gain Fans Among New Moms, But Benefits Are Elusive

If Kourtney Kardashian and Mayim Bialik do it, is it good for you? Pills made from a woman's placenta are being promoted for postpartum depression. But there's no evidence they help, a review finds.
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Advisers To FDA Recommend Agency Approve Drug To Boost Female Libido

Proponents claim the Food and Drug Administration is applying a double standard to its review of a drug some call the female Viagra. Critics say flibanserin hasn't been proved safe or effective.
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Apartments Lure Students With Free Access To Tanning Beds

Indoor tanning boosts the risk of skin cancer, yet half of apartments close to the University of Texas, Austin, offer free use of tanning beds. Many let minors use the machines, which is illegal.
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Meet The Man Tasked With Building An Ebola Hospital In Liberia

Rear Adm. Scott Giberson was the U.S. government official tasked with building a facility to treat healthcare workers infected with Ebola in Liberia.
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Trial Of Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect Could Be A Battle Of The Experts

The trial could come down to whether James Holmes was sane during the shooting. A court-appointed psychiatrist told jurors he was. But experts hired by the defense are expected to say the opposite.
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State Obamacare Exchanges Experience Growing Pains

Minnesota, Colorado and Connecticut are figuring out how to keep their health insurance marketplaces afloat as federal startup funding runs out.
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MERS In South Korea Is Bad News But It's Not Yet Time To Panic

Fears that Middle East respiratory syndrome could sweep through the region seem to be overblown. But researchers say there's still a lot they don't know about the potentially fatal virus.
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International Group Says Mammograms Of 'Limited' Value For Women In 40s

Independent reviews said there's no question that mammography benefits women in their 50s and 60s. The reviews also agree that mammograms aren't universally valuable for women in their 40s.

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