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Kansas Set To Enact Law Saying Life Starts At Fertilization

Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the measure making abortion access much harder in Kansas. In addition to declaring that life begins "at fertilization," it blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and requires doctors to address a weak link between abortion and breast cancer.
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With Plan B Ruling, Judge Signs Off On Years Of Advocacy

It's unclear if the Obama administration will appeal the ruling that allows the morning-after pill to be sold to women of all ages, without restriction. It's a fight that's been going on for a dozen years, and the ruling may not end it.
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As Palliative Care Need Grows, Specialists Are Scarce

Some advocates argue that primary care doctors, surgeons and other specialists could add palliative medicine to their usual care. Removing bottlenecks for certification of palliative care specialists could also help.
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Soil Lead May Be An Overlooked Threat To Kids' Health

The number of kids with dangerous levels of lead in their blood hasn't declined much in the last decade as the government has remained focused on managing lead-based paint. Now researchers argue that more attention to soil contaminated with lead is needed to prevent lead poisoning.
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President Obama Calls For A 'BRAIN Initiative'

This week President Obama announced his BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, which the White House describes as "a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind." National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins describes the new research plan.
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'Drunk Tank Pink' Finds Clues To Behavior

In his new book Drunk Tank Pink Adam Alter, an assistant professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, explains how subtle cues, such as the sound of someone's name or the color of a room, can influence behaviors and thoughts. Alter discusses the book, and his research on the psychology of decision-making.

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