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Latest Cholesterol Guidelines Invite Overtreatment, Critics Warn

Updated just last week by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, the new guidelines are based on old data, some heart doctors say, and may overestimate the real risk of heart attack and stroke. That could result in overtreatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs.
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Using Birth Control Pills May Increase Women's Glaucoma Risk

The ebb and flow of estrogen levels in a women's monthly cycle may have a protective effect on the eye's retina, ophthalmologists say. And that fluctuation could explain a possible connection between birth control pills and glaucoma. Women who have taken the pill a long time may want to consider glaucoma screening.
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Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner

Dust off that old Mr. Coffee! We've stumbled upon a wacky use for classic coffee makers: Cook a three-course meal for one. From poached salmon and pumpkin soup to steamed broccoli and couscous, the possibilities are endless. But why in the world would anyone want to cook this way?
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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Anxious mice calm down when they get an infusion of gut microbes from mellow mice. That has scientists wondering if gut microbes play a role in the human brain, too. Research on that is only just beginning. But it's intriguing to think there could be a real truth to the phrase "gut feelings".
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The Future Of Magazines, Internet Real Estate, 'The Book Thief'

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.
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Laboring In The Shadows To Keep The Web Free Of Child Porn

The rise of pornography online has created a new industry of people whose job it is to screen vast numbers of images of exploited children. Advocacy organizations and private companies are working on programs to automate the review process, but so far they can only filter for images that have already been flagged manually.
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Why A Patient's Story Matters More Than A Computer Checklist

Electronic medical records are supposed to make health care safer and more consistent. But they fail to capture the true story of a patient's life, an Alabama doctor finds. And all that time checking boxes means less time for house calls with an elderly couple who need compassion more than diagnoses.
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D.C. Insurance Commissioner Fired Over Obamacare Criticism

Just a day after he questioned the president's decision to change a major component of the new affordable health care law, D.C.'s insurance commissioner was fired.

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Democrats Try To Resolve Image After Healthcare Law Issues

On Friday, 39 Democrats voted for a Republican bill that would have undercut the health law by allowing everyone to buy insurance plans that don't meet minimum coverage standards.

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See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

Oregon as a local food movement hub? That's obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That's one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.

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