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Seeing Less Helps The Brain Hear More

People who are blind from birth are often better than sighted people at processing certain aspects of sound. A mouse study hints at why: Even a few days in the dark helped "rewire" the auditory center of an adult animal's brain.
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For CVS CEO, Tobacco Decision Reflects Health Care Priorities

CVS CEO and President Larry Merlo joins Audie Cornish to discuss his company's big decision to eventually discontinue its sales of tobacco products. The decision didn't simply make headlines on Wednesday; it could also signal a shift in plans for the pharmacy giant's future.
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One Day After CBO Report, It's Time To Start Your Spin Cycle

On Tuesday, economists with the Congressional Budget Office announced findings that indicated the new health care law may result in hundreds of thousands leaving the workforce. The findings spurred new debate on the merits of the law and its economic impact. NPR's Scott Horsley has more on the reactions to the report.
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Obamacare Opponents Open New Front For Debate In 'Risk Corridors'

Some Republicans have begun to demand the repeal of a key feature in the president's health care law, which protects insurance companies taking part, in exchange for agreeing to raise the nation's debt ceiling. But according to Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, the so-called "risk corridors" actually benefit the Treasury, rather than costing taxpayers money.
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An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again

Many scientists have been trying to create neural implants that will let amputees regain a sense of touch and control. One version has let a Danish man feel the texture of things he's touching. But it's an experimental model that's not yet ready for use outside the laboratory.
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Ladies: Good Bacteria In Yogurt May Be Good For Waistlines, Too

Women who took a probiotic commonly found in yogurts daily while on a diet regime lost significantly more weight and fat than their counterparts who received a placebo. The findings offer interesting hints about how probiotics might be interacting with the tiny microbes that live in our guts.
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Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past

Even people with good memories can have a hard time remembering the past accurately. That may be because the brain is constantly editing memories, updating them with current information. This may make good evolutionary sense. But it also means that some of your cherished memories may be wrong.
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Poverty Behind Detroit's High Child Mortality Rate?

The rate of infant and child deaths in Detroit is outpacing other major cities, according to a new report. Host Michel Martin asks Karen Bouffard of The Detroit News why the number is so high. Social worker Paris Rutledge explains the difficulties new parents face.
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By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

The drugstore chain says halting the sale of tobacco products could reduce revenue by $2 billion a year. CVS says it's looking for ways to make up for the lost business. But the value of the good public relations from the move could easily surpass the costs.
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CVS Caremark To Clear Shelves Of Tobacco Products

The drug store chain announced Wednesday morning that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by Oct. 1. CVS chain says selling cigarettes is at odds with its caretaking mission.

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