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Obama Campaigns For Veterans' Mental Health

Speaking at Fort Bliss in Texas on Friday, the president said he is ordering additional help for those with invisible battle scars. He's signed an executive order directing the Veterans Administration to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals and to expand the capacity of its crisis line.

Urbanization Puts Farms In Africa's Cities At Risk

As many as 40 percent of urban families in sub-Saharan Africa farm in household or commercial gardens. A survey from the United Nations finds that these urban farms, which feed millions of people each year, are in jeopardy if they're not protected during Africa's growth spurt.

Thalidomide Maker Apologizes After More Than 50 Years

More than a half-century after a German drugmaker took thalidomide off the market because of birth defects, the company said it was sorry. The occasion was the dedication of a memorial to the victims near the company's headquarters. The sculpture features a girl with malformed feet and no arms.
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New CDC Recommendations For Hepatitis C

Baby boomers make up 75 percent of hepatitis C cases in the U.S., but many don’t know they have the potentially deadly virus. How to better identify and treat hep C.


Tax Breaks For Organ Donors Aren't Boosting Transplant Supply

The tax incentives are intended to defray the organ donor's cost in medical care, travel and lost wages. By federal statute, it's illegal to pay someone for the organ itself. But the modest breaks available in some states haven't made a dent.

Against The Odds, A 'Miracle Boy Grows Up'

Ben Mattlin was born with a condition called spinal muscular atrophy. Many infants with the disease don't live past age 2, but Mattlin went on to attend Harvard, get married and have kids. "I had this dumb idea from childhood that I could do anything anybody else could do," he says.

Yosemite Visitors Warned Of Hantavirus Outbreak

Some tourists hoping to visit Yosemite National Park are changing their plans due to the recent outbreak of hantavirus. State health officials say two people have died and another four were infected after visiting the park this summer. There are questions about whether the park should have warned visitors sooner about the risk.
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First Death From West Nile Reported In Maryland

The first case of a death resulting from the West Nile virus has been reported in Maryland today, one of the 13 people who have been infected in the state this year.