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New Smartphone Aims To Improve Lives Of Amputees

An industrial design class at Virginia Tech invented a very smart, smartphone designed for people missing a limb.

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Poor Services At VA Hospitals Leave Virginia Vets Disgruntled

Virginia veterans are speaking out about a long list of problems in the backlog of services in Veterans' Affairs hospitals.

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Maryland Woman's Kidney Donation Saves Husband And Father

A local woman who volunteered to donate a kidney never knew the move would help save two members of her own family.

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Premium Rates Set For Maryland Health Exchange

The Maryland health insurance commissioner says premium rates for coverage plans will be up to a third cheaper than what was requested by health insurance companies.

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Why Do People Still Die Of Heart Disease?

Despite enormous progress over the last century, cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States and other developed nations. Guest host Linda Wertheimer and Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Chairman Dr. Steven Nissen talk about why so many Americans continue to die of heart disease, even though it's largely treatable.
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Hating On Fat People Just Makes Them Fatter

Some people rationalize that it's all right to shame or blame someone who's overweight because it will motivate the victim to lose pounds. News for the slim and smug: It doesn't work, and it's not OK.
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MERS Virus Update

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a newly discovered virus in the same family as SARS. Most of the documented cases have come from Saudi Arabia, which has seen a 54 percent mortality rate in those patients. Martin Cetron, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the emerging virus.
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Cyclo-What? A Nasty Stomach Bug Spreads In The Midwest

A rare parasite has sickened at least 315 people across 14 states, health officials said. The culprit is cyclospora, a food-borne bug that causes wicked diarrhea. People typically catch the parasite from contaminated produce, but the source of this outbreak is still unknown.
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Should Congress Stop 'Drawing Lines In The Sand'?

Guest host Celeste Headlee gets a wrap of the week's political news with journalist Callie Crossley and conservative commentator Lenny McAllister. They talk about President Obama's push to get the economy back on track, and the battle over the President's health care law.
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Can Race, Immigration Status Help Predict Child Well-being?

The well-being of kids in America may be tied to their race and the immigrant status of their parents. Donald Hernandez talks about the Foundation for Child Development's new report with guest host Celeste Headlee.

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