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Minimalist Shoes Smacked With Lawsuit, As Health Claims Get The Boot

The running world's recent trend of "minimalist" shoes has earned popularity partly from idea that they're more natural than regular running shoes. Now, not so much — minimalist shoemaker Vibram has just settled a class-action lawsuit for $3.75 million, agreeing to stop making health claims. Brian Metzler, the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine, comments on the news.
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Neuroscientists Hack Dreams With Tiny Shocks

Small electrical pulses make people feel that they can control their dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams. But researchers are far away from inducing powers like those seen in the movie Inception.
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MERS 101: What We Do (And Don't) Know About The Virus

Scientists are racing to figure out how the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus infects people. After surfacing in 2012, it has spread to the U.S. and other countries. Here's what we know so far.
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Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It

After your doctor asks you whether you smoke, she might also ask if you feel safe with your partner. But an analysis suggests universal screening may not be helping people who have been abused.
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D.C. Marijuana Legalization Advocates Add Former Doctor As Organizer

Organizers are attempting to get a marijuana legalization initiative on D.C.'s November ballot, and they'd added some medical muscle in their attempts to organize.

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Obamacare Prompts Firm To Consider Dropping Its Health Plan

A Cleveland catalog company says jumps in insurance costs may force it to stop offering a group health plan to its 700 workers. But first, the firm is pushing for healthier habits among employees.
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Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco

Minors can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can farm tobacco. A new Human Rights Watch report says the practice is hazardous; cigarette makers say there are some safe roles for kids on farms.
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Virginia Board Of Health Challenges New Abortion Regulations

The politics of abortion will be heating up this summer in Virginia as a set of controversial new regulations targeting abortion clinics are challenged in court and by the Board of Health.
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'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

In a new book, bioethicist and internist Barron Lerner recalls how he came to question some of his father's medical practices — practices that were common among many doctors of that generation.
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Pub Owner Frustrated That Health Plan Prices Keep Jumping

The ACA may eventually smooth out the volatility in health insurance costs for small businesses. But for the next few years, it could be a bumpy — and expensive — ride for some firms.

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