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Alzheimer's Drug Dials Back Deafness In Mice

An experimental drug developed to fight Alzheimer's disease partially reversed hearing loss caused by exposure to extremely loud sounds, researchers say. The results apply only to mice, but scientists are encouraged by the fact that the medicine caused new hair cells to grow in the animals' inner ears.
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Kids Who Play Food Product Games May Eat More Junk Food

Kids who play "advergames", created by food manufacturers to market their products, may eat more, and eat more junk food. In a study by Dutch researchers, the kids chose junk food even when the game featured fruit or other healthful choices.
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Caffeine In Supplements Varies Widely

A chemical analysis funded by the Defense Department finds that some dietary supplements contain far more caffeine than the amount listed on their labels. Other energy-boosting supplements contain less caffeine than the labels claim.
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Dr. Joshua Kosowsky & Dr. Leana Wen: "When Doctors Don't Listen"

Unnecessary medical tests cost the U.S. health care system billions each year. Two doctors explain how patients can get better care by asking better questions.

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Battle Against The Flu

This year’s flu season started early and is hitting hard. Diane and her guests discuss how it compares to previous years and what flu vaccines can and cannot do.

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Promoting Hinduism? Parents Demand Removal Of School Yoga Class

Encinitas, Calif., is celebrated by many as the yoga mecca of America. But when the spiritual discipline was recently incorporated in a local school, a group of parents quickly likened it to religious indoctrination. They worry the new model will be exported to schools across the country.

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In Canada, Gonorrhea Defeats Another Antibiotic

Superstrains of gonorrhea, which are resistant to all antibiotics, have cropped up in Europe and Asia. Now Canadian doctors report the first failure in North America of the usual antibiotic for gonorrhea, leaving just one drug left to fight the sexually transmitted germ.
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Binge Drinking Is Common Among Women, Yet Overlooked

About 13 percent of U.S. women go on drinking binges each month, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The damage from binge drinking runs the gamut from death to unintended pregnancy. Public health officials says binge drinking can be curbed with greater awareness and thoughtful interventions.

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