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'Mother Of Outcasts' To Be A Saint For Leprosy Work

During a tragic era in Hawaiian history, more than 8,000 people with leprosy — now known as Hansen's disease — were banished to the island of Molokai. Mother Marianne Cope began caring for these patients in the late 1800s, answering their desperation with hope. Sunday, the nun will become a saint.
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German Lawmakers Move To Quell Uproar Over Circumcision

A German regional court effectively banned circumcision this summer after ruling that the ancient practice amounts to assault. That fueled accusations of religious intolerance in a country still haunted by its Nazi past. Now lawmakers are pushing through a bill to make circumcision legal.
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For Cancer Survivors, Armstrong An Inspiration

To millions of his fans, Lance Armstrong wasn't just a sports hero. He was an example of human resiliency who went from fighting testicular cancer to breaking cycling records at the Tour de France. His story was perhaps most meaningful to those with cancer. Following scathing accusations from the U.S. anti-doping agency and Armstrong's resignation from the chairmanship of his cancer foundation, Livestrong, two of those cancer survivors share their thoughts.
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A Conversation With Singer, Actor And Dancer Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen's TV, film and stage career has spanned decades, with roles in the miniseries "Roots" and numerous Broadway musicals. A devastating accident gave the Tony Award-winning actor a reason to embrace life. He talks with Diane about his career and recent efforts to raise awareness about diabetes.

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The Local Impact Of National HIV/AIDS Strategy

A shift in the federal HIV/AIDS strategy means a dozen large cities, including Washington, D.C., will receive less money this year to help women and children living with the disease. As the government focuses on new epicenters of the disease, we examine the local safety net for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Probiotics Need To Eat, Too

Could prebiotics, the food for the good bacteria known as probiotics, have more benefits than a dose of the microbes, particularly for people with serious health problems like preemies? A researcher working with pigs is trying to figure that out.

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