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Catalog Of Gene Markers For Some Cancers Doubles In Size

The largest gene-probing study ever done has found dozens of new genetic markers that flag a person's susceptibility to breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. But knowing these susceptibility markers won't mean much for patients for now.

How Should We Be Talking About Sex?

The high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio raised uncomfortable questions about how young people learn about their sexual rights and responsibilities. Host Michel Martin talks about the real sex education teens should be getting, with author Laura Sessions Stepp, attorney B.J. Bernstein, and youth mentor Malik Washington.

Allergy Drops Under The Tongue May Be Fine Alternative To Shots

Drops under the tongue to treat allergies sounds a lot nicer than allergy shots. A new review in JAMA says they're moderately effective, and relatively safe. But they're also not FDA-approved. Still, doctors, including an author of the study, are prescribing them off-label.
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D.C. Area Patients Face Longer Wait Times Than Most

Those heading to a physician in D.C., Maryland and Virginia spend more time on average in waitings rooms than patients elsewhere in the nation, according to a new report.


Employers Try To Spur Healthy Behaviors With Health Plan Rewards

Surveys show that an increasing number of employers are providing employees with financial incentives to stay healthy. Many employers now contribute to employee health savings accounts, but only if employees make sure to take care of their health.

North Dakota Passes Nation's Toughest Abortion Laws

North Dakota now has the strictest abortion laws in the country. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed three bills into law. One bans almost all abortions after six weeks.

Expanded Definition Of Disability Created Million Dollar Opportunity For Lawyers

As part of our continuing series on the rapid rise in the number of people receiving federal disability payments, we explore the world of disability lawyers.