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NIH Takes Extraordinary Steps In Fighting 'Superbug'

When an outbreak of a highly drug-resistant infection occurred at the National Institutes of Health's research hospital, doctors took extraordinary measures to try to stamp it out. Among them was quickly deciphering the entire genetic code of the bug to try to trace how the germ spread. Audie Cornish talks to Rob Stein.
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Ravens Fans Cautioned About Possible Rabies Exposure

The Baltimore Ravens are known to have a rabid fanbase, but health officials are cautioning that a run-in with a bat at M&T Stadium may actually have put fans at risk for contracting rabies.

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Battling Superbugs In Hospitals

A life-threatening infection at the National Institutes of Health last year spread to more than a dozen patients. Guest host Frank Sesno and guests discuss the rise in "superbugs" nationwide and what hospitals are doing to fight these antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Preventing The Spread Of West Nile Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 2012's outbreak of West Nile virus is on track to be the worst in U.S. history. The mayor of Dallas recently authorized an aerial spraying program to kill the mosquitoes that carry the virus, which provoked protest from area residents.
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Kids Ditching Full-Sugar Soda For Diet Drinks, Just Like Mom And Dad

Since kids are drinking the same diet sodas their parents do, what does it mean for their health? If a diet soda is just an excuse to get a Big Mac, then it's probably not a healthy habit. Two health experts weigh in.
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Even In Vacation Season, Office Noises Can Sap Your Concentration

Many employees complain that workplace chatter hinders their productivity, but maybe other office noises are the problem. The hum of an air conditioner might be presenting its own set of challenges to your efficiency.
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Food Waste Is Overwhelming. Here Are Five Things People Are Doing About It

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that 40 percent of food in the U.S. today goes uneaten. But several grass-roots groups around the country are working to turn food waste into something useful.
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Some Israeli Parents Rethink Ritual Circumcision

A debate is growing among Israel's secular Jewish majority over the question of whether to circumcise newborn sons. The vast majority still chooses to have the procedure done, but voices of dissent are on the rise.

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