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Mouthwash And Poor Dental Hygiene May Up The Risk Of Oral Cancer

Freshening up your mouth with a regular rinse could come with a long-term health hazard. But cancer specialists are far more concerned about tobacco, alcohol and betel nut chewing.

How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments are delayed.

Play It Again And Again, Sam

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?

Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way

A young woman who didn't know she was infected with measles went to a Kings of Leon concert in Seattle. Public health investigators have reconstructed her movements to warn the public.
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Key Mental-Health Legislation Signed Into Virginia Law

Introduced by state Senator Creigh Deeds, the new law fills a critical gap in the mental-health system.

Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

The government has reported 42 percent fewer foodborne illness cases in the past decade and solved less than half of them, a report finds. But that doesn't necessarily mean the food supply is safer.

Fort Hood Shooting: No Simple Link To Mental Illness

The shooting at Fort Hood leaves many people talking about mental health and military culture. Host Michel Martin learns more from veteran Xiomara Sosa; and former Undersecretary of Defense Ed Dorn.

Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors

It's easy to think that a shaking hand could be a sign of Parkinson's disease. But it's more likely essential tremor, an ailment that's not life-threatening but can become debilitating.

Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help

Patients undergoing chemotherapy need to eat to stay strong. But the drugs can cause nausea and damage taste buds. New flavors and spices can help a lot, a chef says.

How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators

With new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, vaccinating — and not vaccinating — is still an area of great concern.