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From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.
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Boredom On The Border Between Liberia And Guinea

To stop the spread of Ebola, Liberia shut down its border crossings to Guinea. That might have been wise from a medical point of view, but it's bad for the economy — and the restless residents.
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Making The Human Condition Computable

Technological advances are make it easier for you and your doctor to track your health and to find treatments for complex diseases. But the technology may prove costly and there are privacy pitfalls.
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Doctors Lag In Adopting Cheaper, Faster Radiation For Breast Cancer

Three weeks of radiation works just as well as six weeks for most women with early stage breast cancer. But doctors have been slow to make that switch. Money may be one big reason why, a study says.
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A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

The winners of an online competition identified electrical patterns in the brain that often precede a seizure. The victors included a mathematician and an engineer, but no doctor.
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Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. The problem could be avoided easily.
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Why Aren't World Leaders Angrier About Violence Against Women?

That's what South African activist Bafana Khumalo wants to know. He's spoken out for 20 years. He protested at the White House today and will accept an award for his efforts tomorrow.
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This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.
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Advocate's Comments On ACA Now A Liability For Law's Supporters

Lawmakers grilled an MIT professor on Tuesday over controversial comments he made about Obamacare. Jon Gruber has been one of the law's strongest advocates, but he also said the law passed with a big assist from voters' "stupidity."
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A Case Of Mistaken Identity Sends Healthy Boy To An Ebola Ward

An ambulance in Sierra Leone is sent out to pick up a suspected patient. But after two wrong turns and several stops for directions, it arrives at the home of a 14-year-old boy with no signs of Ebola.

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