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Freaky Friday: Autonomous Tissue Grabbers Are On Their Way

Scientists have deployed hundreds of tiny, experimental robots to help with biopsies. They're as small as a speck of dust. They look like tiny ninja throwing stars. And researchers use magnets to retrieve them.

Why Caffeine In Coffee Is A Miracle Drug For The Tired

Historians tell us that caffeine in coffee helped Western civilization "sober up" and get down to business. Now scientific research shows that at low doses, caffeine improves performance on mental tasks, especially in people who are already tired.

Obama Says New Abortion Laws Turn Back The Clock

President Obama on Friday defended Planned Parenthood at the group's annual meeting and attacked new laws in several states that severely restrict when a woman can have an abortion. "When you read about some of these laws ... you want to make sure you're still living in 2013."

Failure Of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A 'Huge Disappointment'

An oversight committee halted a big clinical study of an experimental HIV vaccine after a peek at preliminary results showed there was no way the study would be able show the vaccine works. More vaccinated people became infected with HIV than those who got placebo shots.

Can Faith Alone Treat Mental Illness?

The suicide of a prominent pastor's son has many evangelicals talking about how best to treat mental illness. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with journalist and evangelical Christian Christine Scheller about how the church responds to mental illness. Scheller lost her son to suicide five years ago.
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First Medical Marijuana Clinic In D.C. Finalizes Licensing Process

Medical marijuana dispensaries in the District are weeks away from opening their doors.


A $5.5 Billion Road Map To Banish Polio Forever

The World Health Organization released a six-year plan to wipe out the few remaining pockets of polio and ensure the virus doesn't come back. With less than 20 polio cases so far this year, the world is closer than ever before to eradicating polio.
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Maryland Announces Connector Program On Health Care Overhaul

Residents will receive state assistance in health care enrollment and coverage options.