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Op-Ed: Stop Using 'Retard' As An Insult

Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter drew criticism after she called President Obama "the retard" on Twitter. In an open letter to Coulter on the Special Olympics blog, John Franklin Stephens, a Special Olympian living with Down syndrome, asked her to reconsider using that word.
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On The Fast Track: The FDA And Drug Approvals

We explore the new push at the Food and Drug Administration to fast-track some medications, and find out how scientists and safety experts are weighing the risks and benefits.


What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn't

A web of embargoes meant the full story on a 2009 mumps outbreak couldn't be revealed until now. Now we can tell you about the effect of an extra dose of vaccine worked and whether doctors recommend that others get a third mumps shot.

Why Abortion Has Become Such A Prominent Campaign Issue

GOP challenger Mitt Romney has been walking a tightrope — appearing to moderate his position on the one hand, while maintaining a strict anti-abortion stance on the other.

Despite Anti-Fungal Treatment, More Woes For Some Meningitis Patients

Two new types of fungal infection are emerging among people exposed to contaminated medication from a Massachusetts pharmacy.

Home Health Care Proves Resilient In Face Of Sandy Destruction

Remarkably, home care providers in the storm's wake say they know of no patients who lacked for needed care. Resourceful nurses, physical therapists, aides and other personnel somehow surmounted flood, impassable roads, downed trees and dwindling gasoline to get to their patients.