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Fighting To Breathe: Living With COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that slowly robs sufferers of the ability to breathe. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., surpassed only by cancer and heart disease. There are treatments, but no cure for the disease.
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Life Resumes: Looking Ahead With Suleika Jaouad

Two years after Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, she is cancer free. A month out from her 25th birthday, she is starting to travel again and beginning to think about her career. As part of TOTN's "Looking Ahead" series, Jaouad reflects on regaining a bit of normalcy.
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Go Easy On The Soy Sauce, Bro, It Could Kill You

While there's been quite a debate lately about whether salt in the modern American diet is risky, there's no question that a massive amount of salt ingested quickly can lead to death. A young man in Virginia who chugged a bottle of soy sauce survived after prompt, aggressive medical treatment.
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Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Systems that turn a driver's speech into text are the most distracting. Drivers in a University of Utah test experienced a kind of inattention blindness that mean they sometimes overlooked potential hazards.
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Tender Beef, Without The Pathogens: USDA Proposes Labeling Rules

The mechanical process the meat industry uses to tenderize tough muscle fibers can also introduce dangerous pathogens into beef cuts. The thinking behind the proposed new labels: If you know your cut of meat has been mechanically tenderized, you'll be inclined to cook it a little longer.
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Administration's Plan For Morning-After Pill Pleases No One

The Obama administration's move to drop opposition to over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception is pleasing no one. It proposes making just one brand-name form available to all ages without a prescription.

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