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Despite Uneven Results, Alzheimer's Research Suggests A Path For Treatment

The year saw some disappointments in the development of drugs to treat Alzheimer's. But the setbacks were offset by progress in other areas. The upshot from this year's mixed results, some scientists say, is that treatment for Alzheimer's needs to start long before forgetfulness and muddled thinking are apparent.
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Dip In Preschoolers' Obesity Hints Worst May Be Past For Weight

The obesity rate in preschoolers dropped a fraction of a point between 2010 and 2003, a federal study found. Although the change was small, it may signal that the obesity epidemic has peaked.
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Docs, Nurses Stay Alert On Overnight Shift In Children's Cardiac Unit

We go on late-night rounds with the doctors and nurses in the cardiac unit at Children's National Medical Center.

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HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence

Nearly 3 percent of D.C. residents — about 14,000 people — are living with HIV. And among those infected, perhaps none are as vulnerable as children and adolescents.

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Who Could Be Watching You Watching Your Figure? Your Boss

Those of us trying to get in shape after overindulging this holiday season can get help from a slew of new devices that monitor steps climbed, calories burned and heart rate. But companies and venture capitalists in new startups hope to make money in a new way: by selling the data right back to the people tracking their activity — and to their employers.
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Computers May Someday Beat Chefs At Creating Flavors We Crave

An IBM computer that analyzes flavor molecules and develops recipes is on the way in five years, scientists say. They are hoping to find not only novel and tasty flavor combinations, but ones that will appeal to us without adding to our waistlines.
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Doctors Urge Moderation During Holiday Season

Doctors in the area are urging caution when handling foods this holiday season.

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Finding New Meaning In The Loss Of A Son

Maya Thompson's son Ronan died of cancer three days before his fourth birthday. During his illness, she began a raw and sometimes angry blog that drew millions of readers. Thompson has since started a foundation and is funding clinical trials to find a cure for childhood cancer.
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UOK? 'Dystextia' Alerts Doctors To Neurological Problems

The inability to send coherent text messages, or 'dystextia,' is helping doctors diagnose neurological problems. In one recent case, a series of garbled text messages was an early signal that a woman was having a stroke.

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