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Nobel Winners Unlocked Cells' Unlimited Potential

John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka discovered that every cell in our body — from skin and heart to brain and lung — can reinvent itself and become any other cell type. These stem cells have vast potential for drug development, for many diseases, like Alzheimer's, muscular dystrophy and diabetes.
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For Families Of Medicare Recipients, Insurance Choices Are Tricky

When a relative signs up for Medicare, it is often perplexing — and unnerving — for the rest of the family who may have grown used to cushy employer-sponsored coverage.
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When Should Seniors Hang Up The Car Keys?

Most elderly drivers give up the keys only when their child or grandchild intervenes. Social workers say it's important for family members to be aware and look for changes in their parents' driving behavior.
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Third Meningitis Case Confirmed In Maryland

Maryland health officials say they have identified a third patient in the state who developed meningitis after receiving a steroid injection in September.

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Spinal Surgery Company To Give Tissue Proceeds To Charity

Spinal Elements, a small and growing company, had long made plates, screws and other technology used in spinal surgeries. But its new Hero Allograft was the first product it ever made from the tissue — in this case the bones — of a donated human cadaver.
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States Struggle To Manage Meningitis Scare

Nearly two-dozen states are watching for new cases of a rare kind of meningitis, caused by fungal contamination in injections for back pain. The outbreak apparently started when a Massachusetts compounding company sent out 17,000 doses of infected injections for back pain. Daniel Potter of member station WPLN reports five people have died and dozens of others are sick.

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