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For Best Toilet Health: Squat Or Sit?

Passionate advocates believe that squatting over the toilet is a more healthful position than sitting down on one. They say the posture can alleviate problems like hemorrhoids. One company is making stools to help people get closer to the squat.
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Some Grumble About Change As School Lunches Get Leaner And Greener

Federal guidelines introduced in The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 have started to go into effect this school year. That means lunches feature more fruits and vegetables, and fewer processed foods. It's a big change for students who are used to tater tots and pizza.
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'Cocaine For Snowblindness': What Polar Explorers Packed For First Aid

The list of items that early Antarctic explorers like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert F. Scott packed in their medical kits reads like a "witch's grimoire." Along with strange items like fish swim bladders and 'gold-beater's skin" were psycho-active drugs believed to be medically useful.
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Disease Detectives Catch Deadly African Virus Just As It Emerges

So far only three people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are known to have contracted Bas-Congo hemorrhagic fever, two of whom died. But the small number means that scientists may have found an emerging disease very soon after it made its jump from whatever species it came from into humans.
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Health Benefits Of Tea: Milking It Or Not

In many cultures, milk and tea are natural pairs, while in others, not so much. But if you're drinking tea for health, you might want to hold the milk, because there is some evidence it diminishes the benefits.
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Medical Electronics Built To Last Only A Little While

Using silicon, magnesium and a special type of silk, scientists have created electronic circuits that dissolve in liquid. Electronics like these could be useful in future implantable medical devices.

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