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Dr. Robert Lustig: "Fat Chance: Beating The Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease"

Nearly three million viewers have seen Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth." In a new book, he documents the science and politics behind the obesity pandemic and calls for an overhaul of the global food system.

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Suspected Fungal Meningitis Cases Rise In Virginia

Health officials say the number of suspected fungal meningitis cases in Virginia has risen to 50.

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How Changing Visual Cues Can Affect Attitudes About Weight

To change negative attitudes about body size, simply reframing what people see might help. Women in England became more tolerant of overweight people when they were shown more photos of plus-sized women in neutral leotards.
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Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

In his latest book Hallucinations, neurologist Oliver Sacks collects stories of individuals who can see, hear and smell things that aren't really there--such as strange voices, or collages of unrecognizable faces--and explores the disorders and drugs that can produce such illusions.
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Heading Into Holidays, Nonprofits Focus On Hunger

As the holiday season ramps up, so do D.C. area groups who work to fight hunger thoughout the region. Nonprofits are seeing a significant increase in visitors seeking meals, according to the Capital Area Food Bank. 

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Stakes Rise In Malaria Battle As Cracks Appear In Drug's Armor

At health clinics along the Thai-Myanmar border, malaria is getting tougher to treat as resistance to medication grows. Doctors say it may be time to focus on eradicating malaria before the drugs lose potency.
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Experimental Malaria Vaccine Disappoints, But Work Continues

An experimental vaccine for malaria reduces infants' risk of the disease by about a third. That's less than researchers had hoped for, given the vaccine's effectiveness in toddlers, but doctors say it's enough to prevent many high fevers, seizures and deaths in a lot of African children.

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