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Journal Publishes Details On Contagious Bird Flu Created In Lab

The research paper, which has been under scrutiny for months, publishes the recipe for a potential pandemic: It shows how just a handful of genetic mutations of the bird flu virus H5N1 allow it to spread between ferrets — the lab stand-in for people — through coughs and sneezes.
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Life Over 50 Can Include An Eating Disorder

Many women over 50 grapple with issues related to body image and food. Two-thirds of women surveyed said they were unhappy with their overall appearance. Nearly 8 percent reported purging within the last year, and about 4 percent reporting binge eating at least once a week.
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How To Spot A 'Neglected Tropical Disease'

Here's a hint: Compare the number of scientific papers on a disease with the number of people affected by the illness. There's lots of research on diabetes and not so much on elephantiasis.
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Students At GMU Summer Camp Get Sick, 14 Hospitalized

Dozens of students attending a camp at George Mason University were sickened early this morning; 14 of them have been hospitalized. Health department officials say it represents a likely viral outbreak.

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D.C. Sees Decrease In New HIV Cases

The District saw a decrease in the number of new cases of HIV, which officials attribute to needle-exchange and condom distribution programs.

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When 'Madagascar' Meets Children's Claritin

An advocacy group has complained to the Federal Trade Commission that Merck is improperly marketing the allergy remedy Claritin to kids. At issue are tie-ins with the movie Madagascar 3.
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A Few Drinks While Pregnant May Be OK

A Danish study suggest that light and moderate drinking during pregnancy may not be hazardous for the fetus. But the researchers advise that to be absolutely safe, women should refrain from drinking while pregnant.

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