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VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems

Gen. Eric Shinseki is stepping down as the secretary of veteran's affairs. The decision comes in the midst of growing outrage over scheduling issues in the VA health system.
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Shinseki's Apology Punctuates A Long Career Of Service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for lengthy waits at VA facilities, saying he's ousting the leaders of a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after stories about delays in care there. Shinseki's decision to resign marks a muddy end to an illustrious career, which began when he joined the Army nearly five decades ago.
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VA And Military Health Care Are Separate, Yet Often Confused

The health systems serving veterans and military members are different. But both are being scrutinized closely amid allegations of access and quality problems.
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Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

A House committee Thursday approved a measure that would give schools a way to opt out of new, federal healthy school lunch standards. But advocates say kids' health should take precedence.
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Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

VA Sec. Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after meeting with President Obama. Obama praised Shinseki, but said the retired general feels that new leadership is needed to address the department's problems.
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Dengue Fever 101: How Serious Is This Disease?

The odds are that a victim will recover. But the mosquito-borne virus can be incredibly painful. It's also a growing health concern around the globe and has even been spotted in the United States.
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VA Secretary Apologizes For 'Indefensible' Treatment Delays

Addressing a homeless veterans group Friday, Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki says he will support a bill that would strengthen his office's ability to hire and fire staff within the VA system.
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Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting

The latest mass shooting has lawmakers on Capitol Hill talking again about overhauling the mental health system. On Thursday, psychologists and others urged Congress to do more.
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Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

There are songs that just make people want to get up and shake their booty. Why? Scientists say the most enticing rhythms have something missing — beats that your body can't help but fill in.
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No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead

Shakespeare described the 15th century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.

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