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How Worried Should We Be About Lassa Fever?

The tropical virus has killed a man who returned to New Jersey from Liberia this month. But chances that he could have spread the disease are remote.
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Injection Drug Use Fuels Rise In Hepatitis C Cases

The rise in injection drug use across the country, especially the eastern U.S., is fueling an outbreak of hepatitis C. Outreach workers are offering clean needles and testing to contain the spread.
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A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.
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Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

Giving the newborn one last boost of blood from the placenta may help boost social and motor skills at age 4, a study finds. Earlier studies have found health benefits in infancy.
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Second Opinions Are Often Sought, But Their Value Isn't Clear

Patients facing serious illnesses often seek medical reviews of their cases. Some people glean helpful advice, but researchers don't have much data about whether the consults lead to better results.
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New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria

Local clinics may have "no staff and no stuff." Big hospitals are hard to reach. But when community health workers come to live in a village, there's a change for the better.
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Virginia Has Highest Rate Of Uninsured In The Country

The number of people without health insurance is on the decline across the country, but lagging behind other states is Virginia, where 14 percent of the population is without insurance.

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Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.
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Should Montgomery County Ban Pesticide Use On Lawns?

A bill before the Montgomery County Council would ban the use of pesticides on lawns, citing potential health effects, but while the bill has many supporters, critics say the policy is misguided.

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Left Turns Cause A Quarter Of All Pedestrian Crashes In U.S.

One of the biggest problems with left turns is that the turning driver has a green light when pedestrians have a walk light. Changes in how cars are built have also created more blind spots.

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