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Why Your Doctor Won't Friend You On Facebook

Public professional Facebook pages focused on medicine are catching on. But doctors aren't ready to share vacation photos and other more intimate details with their patients.
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Rethinking The Relationship Between Mental Health And Police In Fairfax County

At least two high-profile cases where interactions between law enforcement and those suffering from mental illness ended in a death have prompted a law enforcement sub-committee to review Fairfax County police practices.

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Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.
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The Science of Resilience and How it Can Be Learned

It's estimated that 90 percent of us will experience at least one traumatic event during our lifetime. A look at why some people bounce back better than others and how resilience can be learned.

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How Do We Treat Early Stage Breast Cancer? A New Study Revives The Debate

About 60,000 American women a year are diagnosed with a kind of early stage breast cancer known as D.C.I.S. A new study is reviving the debate over whether to aggressively treat it. We look at the latest research and what it means for patients.

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Snooze Alert: A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain

A lack of sleep can increase the risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. Yet most people with sleep disorders don't get treatment.
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UVA Researchers Crack The Code Of A Crop-Destroying Virus

Using an extremely powerful microscope, researchers at the University of Virginia have made a breakthrough on the bamboo mosaic virus — and beyond just saving crops, the discovery may pay dividends in medical research as well.
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Ravages Of Heroin Addiction Haunt Friends, Families And Whole Towns

Deaths from heroin nearly tripled between 2010 and 2013, and demand for the drug isn't dropping. Towns across the U.S. are grappling with the deadly epidemic — including a once-idyllic town in Ohio.
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Italy, Land Of Pizza And Pasta, Is Gluten-Free Friendly

Only 1 percent of Italians have celiac disease, similar to the rest of the world. But since gluten is everywhere, there's high public awareness about it and more than 4,000 gluten-free eateries.
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Posters, Bullhorns And Skirts Help Spread The Word About Vaccines

One in five children in the developing world misses out on routine immunizations. How do you recruit them? With town criers, public notices — and even a call to action emblazoned on a garment.

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