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How The Placebo Effect Could Boost An Olympic Performance

One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.
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Syrian Conjoined Twins Evacuated From Embattled Rebel Stronghold

Conjoined twin boys Moaz and Nawras have been evacuated out of one of Syria's most embattled areas for urgent medical treatment, following an international appeal to save their lives.
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Through Organ Donation, A Heart Lives On

When Michael Stepien died, Arthur Thomas recieved his donated heart. When Stepien's daughter, Jeni, got married, Thomas walked her down the aisle. Scott Simon reflects on the power of organ donation.
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Lead Levels Below EPA Limits Can Still Impact Your Health

Even tiny amounts of lead in the water can cause IQ deficits in children or high blood pressure in adults.
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Why I'm Fascinated By Parasitic Worms

To many parasitic worms, we are the world. And the way they've evolved to live within us — without wiping us out — is stunning.
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Psychiatrists Reminded To Refrain From Armchair Analysis Of Public Figures

After a 1964 poll of psychiatrists found almost half considered Barry Goldwater psychologically unfit to be president, the doctors' professional society said they should stay mum on mental fitness.
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Why Doctors Want A Computerized Assistant For Cancer Care

There's more information on genetic mutations and in the scientific literature than cancer doctors can process easily. Smart, fast computers might be able to help.
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Polio Rears Its Head Again In Africa

The two new polio cases in Nigeria are the first detected on the African continent in more than two years.
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Flint Mayor: 'Everybody Played A Role In This Disaster'

As a federal state of emergency ends for Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver says residents don't trust that government officials have fully addressed the lead contamination of their water.
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Chile Battles Obesity With Stop Signs On Packaged Foods

About 67 percent of Chileans older than 15 are overweight, and processed food is one of the major culprits. Health officials hope more obvious labeling will help people make healthier choices.

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