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Note To Teen Boy With Blowgun: It's Exhale, Not Inhale

Breathing in, not out, has landed several homemade blowgun enthusiasts in the emergency room, a study says. They recovered with no lasting harm. But the report says doctors should be aware of the risks posed by Internet instructions for DIY blowguns.
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Thousands Of Students And Staff At Va. High School To Be Tested For TB

The Fairfax County Health Department says there's no cause for alarm, but they are asking an entire high school to get tested for tuberculosis before the school year starts.

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TVs Pose A Danger To Kids, But Not The Way You Might Think

Every 30 minutes a child ends up in the emergency room after being injured by a television. Flat screen TVs aren't necessarily safer, according to a study. They are heavy and perhaps even more likely to tip over than those old tube monsters. Experts say TVs need to be tethered to a wall.
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Richard Cohen: "Sugar Love: A Not-So Sweet Story"

The bittersweet history of sugar: why we crave it, how our bodies evolved to process it and what it’s doing to our health today.

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Studies Show Evidence Of Falling Dementia Rates Abroad

The research gives a glimmer of hope about the health of aging populations. But both studies were conducted in Western Europe and may not reflect trends in the American population.
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Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens

Somalia now has the dubious distinction of having the worst polio outbreak in the world. The country had been polio-free since 2007. If this outbreak gains a foothold, health workers fear it could spread into the Middle East.
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HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

One study finds that women who have been vaccinated against HPV are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. Since the vaccine helps reduce risk of some cancers, scientists think it might turn out to be effective against throat cancers, too.
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Tiny Rat Cocktail Parties Shed Light On Why Smokers Drink

Smoking and drinking go together like, well, smoking and drinking. A study with rats sheds light on the brain chemistry behind why smokers seem to be more likely to drink, and sometimes to drink to excess.
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Doctors' Questions About Guns Spark A Constitutional Fight

Health care providers are fighting a Florida law that would ban them from asking patients about the presence of guns in the home. In an NPR poll, a third of Americans agree with those doctors, while 44 percent support such measures, despite the health risks guns carry.
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Regulating Abortion Clinics

Virginia's busiest abortion clinic closed its doors last week, unable to meet strict new rules imposed by the state. We explore how Virginia and Maryland -- where doctors, not legislators, wrote the new rules -- are handling the latest legislative skirmishes in the abortion battle.

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