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Just What The Doctor Ordered: Med Students Team With Chefs

Tulane medical students are trading in their scrubs for chefs whites. They've teamed up with culinary students at Johnson & Wales University as part of an innovative new program designed to teach both groups how good nutrition can help stave off lifestyle diseases.
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Stephen Hawking Backs Assisted Suicide For The Terminally Ill

The man, who has lived for years with Lou Gehrig's disease and is considered among the world's most brilliant living scientists, said: "We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?"
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The Greek Yogurt Craze

We explore what's behind the Greek yogurt craze and how it's affecting the yogurt products in your supermarket.

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Golden Rice Study Violated Ethical Rules, Tufts Says

Tufts University says that one of its researchers violated ethics rules while carrying out a study of genetically modified "golden rice" in China. The study showed that the rice can fight malnutrition, but researchers didn't provide enough information to the parents of the children who ate it, Tufts says.
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Healthful Living May Lengthen Telomeres And Lifespans

As people age, caps called telomeres on the ends of their chromosomes shrink. The observation has led some scientists to argue the shortening is not only a marker of aging but a fundamental driver of it.
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Obesity & Preserving Culture: Latinos Discuss Their Parenting Challenges

For Latino parents, choosing what language to speak at home isn't a simple choice. And it isn't easy to find the right way to talk about concerns like child obesity with their kids. Host Michel Martin speaks with a roundtable of Latino parents to get their advice on how they are handling these, and other, tough conversations.
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15-Plus Drinks A Night: Teenagers Binge At Dangerous Heights

Twenty percent of high school seniors say they binge drink, with 6 percent consuming 15 drinks or more in a row. This extreme binge drinking accounts for high rates of emergency room visits by teen drinkers, researchers say, and poses a health risk that until now hasn't been adequately measured.
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Laid Off And Looking For Health Insurance? Beware Of COBRA

Many laid-off workers continue the insurance they got on the job by paying for it themselves through an expensive option known as COBRA. The health insurance exchanges that open in October are likely to be a cheaper source for health coverage.
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For-Profit Online Insurance Brokers Gear Up To Sell Obamacare

For online insurance brokers, selling health insurance through the Affordable Care Act presents a new opportunity — and a new competitor. It's unclear who will come out ahead: the businesses, with more experience, or the feds, who won't charge commissions.
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How Smartphones Became Vital Tools Against Dengue In Pakistan

Two years ago Pakistan's Punjab province was hit with one of the world's worst dengue outbreaks. This year the number of recorded cases has plummeted. Many leaders credit a mobile phone app that tracks mosquito populations and city workers' efforts to contain them.

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