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A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

The practice of defecating in the open is all too common in Zambia because many families don't have other options. But now the country has achieved a milestone: its first zone free of open defecation.

You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.

People In Poor Communities Are More Likely To Lose Eyesight

In some counties in the South, almost 20 percent of adults have severe vision loss. And those communities are also likely to be among the nation's poorest. Lack of regular eye care is just one issue.

Overnight Contacts Can Help Kids' Sight During Day, But Also Carry Risks

Ophthalmologists and cornea specialists have raised concerns about the lenses, citing studies and their own experiences treating children and teens who developed eye infections after wearing them.

Heart Risk Factors May Affect Black Women More Than White Women

Black women are more likely to have heart disease with just a few metabolic risk factors, a study finds. That's not the case for white women. Being obese seems to affect black women more, too.

WHO Calls For $100 Million Emergency Fund, Doctor 'SWAT Team'

The World Health Organization isn't ready for the next pandemic or international health crisis, so the agency's leader is calling for major reforms. But will the changes be enough?

Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

States Lack Accurate Statistics On Widespread Heroin Use

Opiate abuse has reached crisis levels, but some states aren't doing all they can to determine the depth of the problem. Finding up-to-date statistics for specific drugs is often difficult.
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Two Children Test Positive For Lead At D.C. General Homeless Shelter

D.C. health officials are looking into D.C.'s main family homeless shelter after two children were found to have elevated lead levels in their blood.


McMadness: Activists Pile On At McDonald's Shareholders Meeting

From workers calling for higher wages to teachers blasting McDonald's for marketing to kids in schools, a bevy of critics have descended upon the company's headquarters in Illinois this week.