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Doctors Take Aim At Epidemic Kidney Stones With Lasers

A recent study found 1 in 10 American men and 1 in 14 women has had a kidney stone. Being obese or diabetic seems to raise the risk of getting them. Now lasers are becoming the treatment-of-choice for kidney stones in academic medical centers.
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Low And Slow May Be The Way To Go When It Comes To Dieting

Low-glycemic foods that take awhile to digest may help keep weight off longer than other diets. The low-glycemic diet comes out on top in a new study that compared to the low-carb diet and the low fat diet.
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Funding To Treat 9/11-Related Illnesses Still Delayed

An economic component of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has taken longer than expected to get off the ground.

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What To Do In Case Of A Zombie Apocalypse

In a tongue-and-cheek move to get more Americans prepared for "real" emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are urging citizens to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Host Scott Simon has the story.
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How Broken Is The U.S. Health Care System? Let's Count The Ways

Nearly a third of spending on health care in the U.S. is wasted. There's lots of inefficiency, excess overhead and some outright fraud, too. But the biggest slice of the waste pie is unnecessary care.
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Want To Control Your Alcohol Intake? Ask For A Different Glass

The shape of the glass can fool a drinker into drinking more alcohol, but not so with soft drinks. New research shows that people were better able to calculate the halfway point of their beers in a straight glass.
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Study May Link Pro Football, Brain Decline

Professional football players may have an increased risk of later dying from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and ALS, according to a new study in the journal Neurology. Everett Lehman, a researcher at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and co-author of the study, discusses the findings.

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