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Maybe Isolation, Not Loneliness, Shortens Life

Loneliness and isolation often go hand in hand, so teasing out which factor is harder on health isn't easy. But a British study now suggests that, while loneliness may make you unhappy, it's social isolation that could take years off of your life. Discuss (with a friend).
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Survey: Parents Risk Babies' Health By Feeding Them Solid Food Too Early

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in latest edition of Pediatricsshows that parents are introducing solid foods into their babies' diets, sometimes far earlier than the recommended age of four to six months. Audie Cornish talks to Dr. Kelly Scanlon, lead epidemiologist in the nutrition branch at the CDC, a co-author of the study.
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Spring Break Alert: 'Black' Henna Tattoos May Not Be Safe

Henna tattoos have become a popular beach souvenir and tween fashion accessory. But some are made not with the henna plant, but with a chemical that can cause a painful allergic reaction, the Food and Drug Administration warns.
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In Teen AIDS Activist's Hometown, Old Tensions Remain

Kokomo, Ind., was deeply split in the 1980s by teenager Ryan White's AIDS diagnosis and a battle over his right to attend school. An oral history project finds that the topic still hits a raw nerve in the community more than 25 years later.
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Gates Foundation Says It's Time For A Snazzier Condom

Condoms have evolved little since latex ones were first manufactured in the 1920s. Bill Gates is hoping to change that. His foundation is giving $100,000 to anyone who can come up with a condom that men or women actually want to wear.
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Amid Syria's Crisis, Mental Health Care For Refugees

There are now more than one million Syrians seeking refuge in camps and towns in neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Many arrive without access to basic amenities, such as adequate shelter and clean water. Over two years of conflict has also left them with the mental scars of war.

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