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Sniffing Out The Science Behind Sports Doping

How does blood doping boost performance in events like the Tour de France? Do anabolic steroids help the world's fastest man run faster? In his book, Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat , Chris Cooper discusses how these banned drugs work, or don't — and how they are detected.
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Getting High: Physics Of The Fosbury Flop

The world record for high jump — the event in which a person hurdles himself over a horizontal bar — is just over 8 feet. That's like leaping over a stop sign, and clearing it by a foot. Jesus Dapena, of Indiana University, has studied the high jump for 30 years, filming athletes to understand exactly how they produce the force required to clear the bar.
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Abortion Back On The Front Burner For Congress

Earlier this week, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And other bills in the House, including a spending bill, include abortion-related provisions.
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Turning The Tide On HIV And AIDS

New HIV drugs are changing the face of the epidemic, but defeating the virus remains a daunting public health challenge. What it will take to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

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Activists Fear Brazil's Triumph Over HIV Has Fizzled

When other countries were struggling to deal with the HIV epidemic, Brazil openly acknowledged the problem and launched aggressive campaigns to raise awareness and treat the disease. But activists now say say there are no longer organized HIV prevention efforts.
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How You Move Your Arm Says Something About Who You Are

A part of the brain called the premotor cortex does some pretty complicated work. It's where the brain plans and strategizes about how to take action, and it may also reflect a person's personality.
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Alzheimer's Drug May Slow Disease's Progression

This week an international Alzheimer's conference is taking place in Vancouver, with researchers presenting findings on ways to detect the disease and slow its progression. Audie Cornish speaks with Bloomberg News science reporter Elizabeth Lopatto about some of the studies presented.

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