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Some Chinese Grandparents Are Making Their Grandkids Fat

A new study shows that children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents instead of mom and dad are twice as likely to be overweight — contributing to the country's obesity epidemic.
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Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

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Training And Certification For Personal Trainers

As D.C. drafts rules for registering personal trainers under a 2013 law, we examine what your trainer needs to know to help you meet your fitness goals.

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To Shed Pounds, Going Vegetarian Or Vegan May Help

A meta-analysis found that people on vegetarian diets lost around 4.4 pounds more than the control group who had no change in diet. Those who tried a vegan diet dropped 5.5 pounds more.
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Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

Even when some Medicare patients stay overnight in the hospital, they are are being classified as outpatients under something called observation status. It sounds innocuous but can trigger big bills.
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The Future Of The Social Security Disability Insurance Program

An estimated 11 million Americans could see their disability benefits slashed next year if Congress fails to take action. The White House and Republican lawmakers have opposing solutions. Social Security's disability fund and how to keep the program solvent.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.
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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.
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Efforts To Curb The Nation’s Deadly Heroin Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control reported the number of Americans who died from heroin overdoses quadrupled in the decade ending in 2013. We look at what's behind the nation's surge in heroin addiction and what some communities are doing to fight back.

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Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

Cancer patients who get what some people are calling prehabilitation can recover more quickly, early research suggests. Getting insurance to cover it can be tricky, though.

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