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How To Find A Path Off The Dreaded Diet Plateau

At first the pounds melt off and then, nothing. But diet plateaus are a normal part of the body's adjusting to a lower weight. Weight loss experts say trying a variety of tactics can help move beyond the diet plateau. For most people exercise works best.
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Two-Day Diets: How Mini Fasts Can Help Maximize Weight Loss

The idea of intermittent mini-fasting seems to be gaining traction. The appeal: Dieters have to restrict calories for only two days a week. Research suggests this approach is more effective than trying to cut back on calories 24/7.
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High-Deductible Health Plans, Gamble For Some, On The Rise

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act looming, many employers are switching from traditional health care plans to what are known as high-deductible plans. These plans have lower premiums, but put patients on the hook for thousands in out-of-pocket expenses.
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New Smartphone Aims To Improve Lives Of Amputees

An industrial design class at Virginia Tech invented a very smart, smartphone designed for people missing a limb.

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Poor Services At VA Hospitals Leave Virginia Vets Disgruntled

Virginia veterans are speaking out about a long list of problems in the backlog of services in Veterans' Affairs hospitals.

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Maryland Woman's Kidney Donation Saves Husband And Father

A local woman who volunteered to donate a kidney never knew the move would help save two members of her own family.

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Premium Rates Set For Maryland Health Exchange

The Maryland health insurance commissioner says premium rates for coverage plans will be up to a third cheaper than what was requested by health insurance companies.

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Why Do People Still Die Of Heart Disease?

Despite enormous progress over the last century, cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States and other developed nations. Guest host Linda Wertheimer and Cleveland Clinic Cardiology Chairman Dr. Steven Nissen talk about why so many Americans continue to die of heart disease, even though it's largely treatable.
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Hating On Fat People Just Makes Them Fatter

Some people rationalize that it's all right to shame or blame someone who's overweight because it will motivate the victim to lose pounds. News for the slim and smug: It doesn't work, and it's not OK.
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MERS Virus Update

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a newly discovered virus in the same family as SARS. Most of the documented cases have come from Saudi Arabia, which has seen a 54 percent mortality rate in those patients. Martin Cetron, director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the emerging virus.

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