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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that's not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren't hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.
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HPV Vaccine Doesn't Promote Riskier Sexual Behavior In Teens

The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys when they are 11 or 12. The idea is to get preteens vaccinated so that if they do become sexually active as teens, they will be protected against a virus that can cause cervical cancer.
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Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis

The lead federal agency investigating the West Virginia chemical leak is one that most Americans have probably never heard of. The Chemical Safety Board is an independent body, modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes and the like. But critics say that the Chemical Safety Board is understaffed, underfunded and takes too long to finish its investigations, and that its non-binding recommendations are often ignored anyway.
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Inexpensive Aquarium Bubbler Saves Preemies' Lives

Students at Rice University designed a low-cost medical device to help premature infants breathe. The instrument, which uses a cheap aquarium pump, boosted the survival rate of newborns with respiratory problems by 60 percent at a rural hospital in Malawi.
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10 Places Where Health Insurance Costs The Most

Some of the priciest markets for insurance include rural counties in Georgia and the areas around ski resorts in Colorado. While many people in these places will receive government subsidies to help pay for premiums, the portion that they pay will still be higher than what they would have to foot elsewhere.
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Heroin: Trends Locally And Nationally

Last summer, a McLean, Va., high school student died last from a mix of heroin and a common antihistamine. We look at what's fueling an increase in heroin use locally and nationally, particularly among teens and young adults.

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UVA Researchers Find New Hope For Cancer Treatment In Human Eggs

Similarities between certain cancers and human egg cells have led one researcher at the University of Virginia to discover a potential new therapy to treat the deadly disease.

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Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much

Sports medicine doctors say they've seen a rise in overuse injuries among kids who train long and hard.
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Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault

Only one quarter of young teens are getting enough exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Organized sports often aren't enough to meet that hour a day goal. But parents can help by building more activity into family life.
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What's Good For Baby Camels Could Be Good For Human Skin

A Jordanian woman brought her camel's milk skin-care line — and a biotech startup — to Missouri. Her company is studying how the long-acting antibodies in camel's milk can help clear up acne.

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