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Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.
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Younger Women Hesitate To Say They're Having A Heart Attack

Even when women suspected they were having a heart attack, they didn't report it because they feared being called hypochondriacs, a study finds. That may contribute to women's higher death rates.
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How Did A Celibate 82-Year-Old Buddhist Monk Contract HIV?

His doctor injected him with a used syringe. Millions of people have contracted HIV, hepatitis and other diseases that way. The solution: a syringe designed to prevent reuse.
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Will Vaping Reignite The Battle Over Smoking On Airplanes?

It's been 25 years since people could light up with impunity on domestic airline flights. But that doesn't mean they're not still trying. And e-cigarettes are reviving conflict over clean air aloft.
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Emotional Scars Of Modern Slavery Run 'Deeper Than Any Visible Wound'

Scientists interviewed more than a thousand men, women and children who were forced into sex work and hard labor. The result is the largest study to detail the health of human trafficking survivors.
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Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague!

Tiny patches of Tanzanian farmland contain more rats than do nearby forests. These rats are more likely to carry the bacteria that cause the plague in humans.
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Feeding Babies Foods With Peanuts Appears To Prevent Allergies

Babies who ate the equivalent of about 4 heaping teaspoons of peanut butter weekly were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by their fifth birthday. So finds a landmark new study.
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Your Soap Has Bacteria In It, But It Still Gets You Clean

Everyone presumes that soap is clean, but manufacturers know it's always got a few random germs in it. Most of the time that's not a problem, but every now and then things can get out of control.
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Administration Bars Health Plans That Won't Cover Hospital Care

Companies mainly in lower-wage industries that hadn't previously offered health coverage had been flocking to the stripped-down plans for 2015.
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The Next Health Danger Targeted In Maryland: Sales Receipts?

A Montgomery County lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of sales receipts coated with the industrial chemical BPA, associated with negative health effects on unborn and infant children.

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