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North Carolina Set To Compensate Forced Sterilization Victims

An estimated 7,600 people in the state underwent the involuntary procedure between 1929 and 1974, when the eugenics program was discontinued.
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Palm Oil In The Food Supply: What You Should Know

Health concerns surrounding trans fats led many food manufacturers to abandon partially hydrogenated oils. Palm oil has helped fill the void. But guess what? It's high in saturated fat.
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For Bioethicist With Ailing Spouse, End Of Life Issues Hit Home

In 2008, a cycling accident left bioethicist Margaret Battin's husband quadriplegic and dependent on life support technology. The accident forced Battin, a right to die advocate, to reflect on the positions she's taken in the past, and decide if she still believes in them.
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Virginia Suicide Rate Hit A 13-Year High In 2011

There were 1,067 suicides in Virginia in 2011, the highest number in 13 years.
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Virginia Becomes Battleground For Abortion Clinic Zoning

People on both sides of the debate over abortion say their battle is becoming a fight over zoning, as anti-abortion advocates fight to change the rules surrounding abortion clinics.

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How Midwives Have Become Critical In War Zones

Pregnancy is unusually complicated in humanitarian crises. Midwives also often have to help women who have experienced sexual violence and have reproductive health issues.
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This Week On Metro Connection: Safety

From crime in our neighborhoods to dangerous driving on our highways, we'll focus this week on safety and how we learn to live with risk.

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Hackers Track Their Vital Signs. Sounds Cool, But TMI?

Christopher Hopkins has a headache — and the data to prove it. He and other computer programmers are exploring ways to turn heaps of personal health stats into something shareable and easy on the eyes.
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Move Over Nursing Homes — There's Something Different

One thing most people dread as they age is ending up in a nursing home, where they imagine they'll have to deal with sharing a room, rigid schedules and bad smells. But the Green House Project, an alternative to traditional nursing homes, is trying to change that. Its founder says he wants to "abolish" the old, often lonely model.
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Full-Time Vs. Part-Time Workers: Restaurants Weigh Obamacare

With the new health care law on the horizon, the restaurant industry is looking carefully at the looming health insurance requirements. Some national chains are looking at ways of limiting the new law's impact on the bottom line, while other restaurant owners say the new law won't change much for them.

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