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Volunteer Recap: A Bumpy (And Itchy) Ride Through Tanzania

Nick Stadlberger, a medical student at Dartmouth, spent a month volunteering at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam. The scariest moment, he says, was when he boarded a dala dala bus.
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This Kenyan Runner Can't See But He Has A Far-Reaching Vision

Henry Wanyoike lost his sight two years after graduating from high school. That didn't stop him from running — and bringing the joy of sports to other disabled Kenyans.
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Researchers Aghast Over Discovery Of Smallpox Vials

Federal health officials have found six vials of smallpox apparently forgotten in a lab storeroom. Officials want to know where the deadly virus came from and why it was left unsecured for so long.
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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, that evolved to help us, turn toxic?
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What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.
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HPV Vaccine Doesn't Raise Risk Of Blood Clots, Study Finds

Earlier safety studies of the vaccine for human papillomavirus found a higher risk of dangerous blood clots. But a study of 500,000 women and girls finds that the vaccine doesn't raise risk.
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Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad

There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.
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Going, Going, Almost Gone: A Worm Verges On Extinction

The world is tantalizingly close to wiping out Guinea worm, a 3-foot-long parasite that emerges from a blister in the skin. Only 17 cases have occurred so far this year. Next year there could be zero.
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Decades-Old Vials Of Smallpox Found at NIH Building In Bethesda

Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.
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Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

Sure, we all forget stuff. But federal researchers apparently forgot vials of smallpox virus, perhaps for 60 years. The vials were rushed to a secure lab in Atlanta.

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