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Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere. In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.
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Want To Make Your Life Better? Keep Track Of It

The Quantified Self movement promotes something called life logging. That means tracking all kinds of details of your life in order to improve it. To find out more about the topic, David Greene talks to two people involved with life logging: Kitty Ireland, who works for a life logging app called Saga, and to David Goldstein, who turned to life logging with the help of a coach.
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Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Malaria remains one of the deadliest diseases worldwide. But the U.S. successfully wiped out the mosquito-borne parasite from the American South in the early part of the 20th century. One researcher thinks this successful campaign offers lessons for how to stop malaria worldwide.
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Medicaid Expansion Boosted Emergency Room Visits In Oregon

If people have insurance coverage, the theory went, they won't end up in the emergency room as often. But an analysis of Oregon's expansion of Medicaid found that people who gained coverage were 40 percent more likely to go to the emergency room.
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Moved By Emotion: This Story Changed A Photographer's Lens

Kristie McLean traveled to Ethiopia to photograph women with obstetric fistula, a hole formed between the birth canal and bladder or rectum during labor. The terrible injury results in incontinence, and rejection by society. One story affected McLean more than any other; later, she learned its power was in its telling.
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Obamacare Brings Medicaid To Skid Row's 'Ugly Reality'

Among those who stand to benefit the most from the expansion of Medicaid are homeless adults. Many of these men and women are mentally ill or addicted to drugs and alcohol. Enrolling them can be difficult, but the benefits should be substantial.
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Berlin Clinic Aims To Make Genital Cutting Survivors Feel Whole

The new Desert Flower Center offers treatment for the physical and psychological effects of female genital mutilation. But fear of alienation from their families and communities may keep some victims, mainly immigrants from Africa, from taking advantage of the center.
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How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Research suggests that speaking another language fluently changes what you pay attention to and how you remember events. But some say the idea that language can make you see and think differently is overblown.
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'Good Behavior' More Than A Game To Health Care Plan

The Trillium Community Health Plan in Oregon gave 50 schools money to integrate the Good Behavior Game. It keeps kids plugged in and learning, and hopefully less likely later to pick up a dangerous habit like smoking.
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When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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