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Why A Vaccine That Works Only A Third Of The Time Is Still A Good Deal

The first vaccine against a parasite — one that causes malaria — was recommended for approval. It's not as effective as researchers had hoped, but they still think it could make a big difference.

The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

We know that a gene can determine how strongly we experience bitter flavors. Scientists wanted to know if this was also true for sweet. Their study shows genetics may affect our taste for sugar, too.

Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

Think binge drinking, and college students downing cheap beer from red cups come into mind. But healthy affluent adults over 50 are more likely to drink dangerously than their peers.
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To Head Off Avian Flu, Maryland Bans Chickens At County Fairs

Maryland agricultural officials are banning poultry exhibitions at fairs starting next month, part of an attempt to stop avian flu from coming to the state.

Doctors Plan Database On Cancer Drugs, Showing Effectiveness And Cost

A group of cancer doctors is trying to create a database on cancer drugs. It would give a score for each drug, reflecting how well the drug works. It would also list how much the drug costs.

The Teen Who Didn't Make It — And The Nurses He Moved Along The Way

Wilson Matthews and Jeanne Yeatman worked as flight nurses for years. But it's the memory of one patient in particular, and his mom, that reminds them daily: "We're taking care of somebody's family."

In Helping Those With Disabilities, ADA Improves Access For All

Take a tour through New York and you'll see how the 25-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act is benefiting everyone.

Doctors Speak Out Against 'Unsustainable' Rise In Cancer Drug Prices

More than 100 U.S. oncologists are publicly objecting to the ever-growing cost of cancer drugs. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Dr. Ayalew Tefferi of the Mayo Clinic about efforts to bring prices down.

What If Chemo Doesn't Help You Live Longer Or Better?

Terminal cancer patients sometimes get chemotherapy in the belief that it will ease their symptoms. But a study finds that many who get the treatment near death actually have a poorer quality of life.

Even If You're Lean, 1 Soda Per Day Ups Your Risk Of Diabetes

A daily habit of sugary-sweetened drinks can boost your risk of developing the disease — even if you're not overweight. And diet soda might not be doing you any favors, either.