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Savory And Sweet: A Taste For Infertility

The same genes that allow humans to sense sweet and umami flavors may play a key role in a man's reproductive fitness. Researchers found that inactivating these genes in mice can led to sterility of males.
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To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth

Traditional hearing aids can be too expensive for many people. But a new type that uses Bluetooth technology costs only about $300. The company that makes the new devices aims to reach millions of people around the world who need hearing aids but have trouble paying for them.
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Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime

Many violent crimes are hastily planned and poorly considered, researchers at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab find. Training troubled teens to slow down and put a more benign spin on what they imagine the other guy is thinking significantly reduced the kids' likelihood of committing a crime.
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Myths And Stigma Stoke TB Epidemic In Tajikistan

A family copes with tuberculosis in a place where a child infected with the illness may be shunned. Nurses are working hard to bring clean air and clear information to every home and every generation.
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How A Minority Biking Group Raises The Profile Of Cycling

Minority cycling groups are forming all over the country. One in Washington, D.C., in particular, is trying to change the perception of just who is a cyclist.
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Guidelines Aim To Clear Confusion Over Ear Tubes For Kids

Many young children get surgery for ear tubes to prevent infections, but it can be hard to figure out which children will benefit. The first guidelines on when children need tubes could help reduce the confusion.
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Experimental Treatment For Milk Allergy May Not Last

Scientists have completed the first long-term study of children allergic to milk who were treated with an experimental therapy based on giving them small doses of the very food that made them sick. Three to five years after the treatment, some kids remained free of allergic symptoms. But for others, severe reactions to milk had resumed.
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HIV Treatment Should Start Even Earlier, WHO Says

People with HIV should get on medications even before they get sick, World Health Organization officials say. The new treatment guidelines aim to slow spread of the virus by making more then 26 million people eligible for antiretroviral drugs. But it's not clear who will foot the bill.
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You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about state insurance exchanges and other new options. NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains how it's going to work.
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As Doctors Leave Syria, Public Health Crisis Looms

As the civil war continues, a new study says Syria's health care system is near collapse. Outbreaks of disease are on the rise in the country, and refugees sheltered beyond the border are also at great risk.

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