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New Hospital Buildings Define Future Of Health Care

Across the country, the health care industry is pouring billions of dollars into new hospitals and medical centers. And the new hospitals of today are very different than the ones they're replacing.
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Lots Of Seniors Are Overweight, But Few Use Free Counseling For It

A little-known part of the Affordable Care Act pays primary care doctors to help overweight seniors lose weight. So why aren't more seniors taking advantage of the free weight loss counseling?
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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Swedish kids growing up in families that wash their dishes by hand are less likely to develop certain allergies than those in families with dishwashers, a study suggests. But there may be more to it.
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When Pot Goes From Illegal To Recreational, Schools Face A Dilemma

Since Colorado legalized marijuana use, some schools in the state are starting to change how they teach students about the drug in health class. Educators worry students are receiving mixed messages.
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Hammered And Heedless: Do Dangerous Drinking Videos Harm Teens?

Being falling-down drunk is often played for laughs on YouTube videos, but those videos don't show the downside of getting trashed. That can't be good for teenagers and young adults, researchers say.
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Why The 'Nightmare Superbug' Isn't As Scary As It Sounds

The "nightmare superbug" that contributed to two deaths in California isn't as scary as it sounds. But the outbreak does highlight a growing problem with drug-resistant germs.
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Have Big-Box Superstores Helped To Make Us Fat?

A study argues that the density of restaurants and large-scale food retailers in parts of the U.S. has been a major factor in the rise of obesity. But some see it as a "chicken and egg" problem.
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15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

The test is as simple as a pregnancy test. So it could help health workers find and stop new outbreaks more quickly. But it doesn't catch every case and still requires some lab equipment.
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Dissolving Contact Lenses Could Make Eye Drops Disappear

Eye drops are unpleasant, and they don't do a great job of delivering medication to the eye. A superthin wafer that slowly dispenses medication and then dissolves is a promising replacement.
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Life After Ebola: What It Takes For A Village To Be Resilient

Some think of resilience as a solo act. But the villagers of Barkedu are helping each other move forward in the wake of tragedy. Psychologist Jack Saul shares insights into "community resilience."

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