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How To Make Sense Of Confusing, New Blood Pressure Advice

Many people over 60 won't have to work so hard to lower their blood pressure, if doctors adhere to guidelines for treatment. That's because there's a lack of proof that people with moderately high blood pressure can reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes by trying to lower it substantially with drugs.
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D.C. Mother Turns Grief and Loss to Generosity and Hope

Sarah Gray found a surprising way to try and give back to a scientist who forever changed her life.

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Congress Poised To Permanently Fix Its Medicare Payment Glitch

After a decade of kicking the ball down the road, Congress appears ready to repeal its payment formula for Medicare and replace it with a whole new system. This time, doctors would be paid according to the quality of results they produce, rather than the number of services they provide.
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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California's Hungry

Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California's bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state's Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can't be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.
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Mixing It Up 50,000 Years Ago — Who Slept With Whom?

The DNA from a 50,000-year-old Neanderthal bone found in a cave in Siberia is more evidence that genetic mixing took place among Neanderthals and other hominid groups. One researcher hopes to use such evidence to help compile a catalog of the genetic changes that make modern humans unique.
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HIV Treatment Keeps A Family Together And Growing In Kenya

When a Kenyan woman was diagnosed with HIV, she thought it meant the end of her marriage and her hopes to have children. But with the help of HIV therapy, Benta Odeny not only protects her husband from the virus, but she also has a healthy, HIV-negative daughter.
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People Buying Health Insurance Get A Bit More Time To Pay

People now have until January 10 to pay for their first month of coverage through the health exchanges. But people using the federal exchange still have to get signed up by Dec. 23. Some states have pushed deadlines even later.
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An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, And Statins Do, Too

The Victorian proverb touting the health benefits of daily apple consumption has data to support it, British researchers say. And cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do, too. People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and take statins when directed would be healthier still.
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Trouble In Paradise: Chikungunya Outbreak Grows In Caribbean

After making its debut in the Western Hemisphere recently, the nasty, mosquito-borne illness has now sickened 10 people on St. Martin. Mosquitoes on the island appear to be spreading the virus, which causes a high fever and severe joint pain.
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The Science and Psychology of Personal Fitness

Research shows that fitness must be more than an annual resolution soon forgotten. We explore the hot fitness trends in the region and examine what types of exercise work best.

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