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Why The Heart Doctor Might Give Your Hairline The Once-Over

A study in Denmark finds that visible signs of aging, such as a receding hairline and fatty deposits around the eyelids, may be a sign that you're at a greater risk for heart disease than others your age. But don't skip getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked.

Depression And Health Spending Go Together

People with high blood sugar had medical expenses that were almost one-third higher than average, as did people with high blood pressure. But among common health problems, depression was linked to the highest spending increase.

For Simple Care, Retail Clinics Are A Popular Choice

Lots of people are opting for the clinics, which are springing up inside big-box retailers and chain drugstores across the country. We found that people are open to the idea of trying the clinics. And those who have used them seem to like them a lot.

Op-Ed: Stop Using 'Retard' As An Insult

Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter drew criticism after she called President Obama "the retard" on Twitter. In an open letter to Coulter on the Special Olympics blog, John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympian living with Down syndrome, asked her to reconsider using that word.
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On The Fast Track: The FDA And Drug Approvals

We explore the new push at the Food and Drug Administration to fast-track some medications, and find out how scientists and safety experts are weighing the risks and benefits.


What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn't

A web of embargoes meant the full story on a 2009 mumps outbreak couldn't be revealed until now. Now we can tell you about the effect of an extra dose of vaccine worked and whether doctors recommend that others get a third mumps shot.

Why Abortion Has Become Such A Prominent Campaign Issue

GOP challenger Mitt Romney has been walking a tightrope — appearing to moderate his position on the one hand, while maintaining a strict anti-abortion stance on the other.