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Beating The Odds: Fighting The Stigma Of Schizophrenia

Dreonna Richardson's grandmother was taunted in their neighborhood because of her schizophrenia. Dreonna used it as an opportunity to educate other kids about mental illness.

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Did Supreme Court Tip Hand On Future Contraception Cases?

The court's opinion that some for-profit firms don't have to provide women contraceptive coverage in the face of religious objections addressed only part of the legal battle over the mandate.
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Chikun-What? A New Mosquito-Borne Virus Lands In The U.S.

It's called chikungunya. And it causes severe joint pain that can last for months. A quarter of a million people have caught the virus in the Caribbean. So how big a problem will it be stateside?
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How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

In a small study, people with peripheral artery disease who ate dark chocolate could walk farther than those who ate milk chocolate. Compounds in dark chocolate may make it easier to keep moving.
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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.
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Chicago And A Pair Of Counties Bring Lawsuit Against OxyContin Makers

Two California counties and the city of Chicago, hard hit by OxyContin addiction, are suing the drug's manufacturers. Reporter Emily Green says they're charging that the drug-makers have contributed to an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
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Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.
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With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.
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New Advice on Reading to Infants

New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines encourage parents to read aloud to children daily, starting in infancy. We consider practical hurdles some families face in meeting that goal and the long-term benefits early exposure to complex language can bring.

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Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

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