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Pure Ecstasy Is Safe, Canadian Doctor Says, But Don't Buy 'E' On The Street

But British Columbia's chief medical officer stresses that there's a big difference between pure ecstasy and the stuff that gets cut with other chemicals and makes up the vast majority of what's sold on the street.
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Can A Colon Cancer Test Level The Playing Field For Native Alaskans?

Getting people screened for colon cancer is a challenge, especially in rural Alaska. So doctors are developing DNA-based tests to catch colon cancer early and less invasively. They hope the new tests will eventually replace or reduce colonoscopies.
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Up All Night With An Elderly Parent

A Silver Spring woman shares her story of staying up all night caring for her elderly father.


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Report Urges Food Stamp Program To Clarify Purchases, Corporate Profits

While Congress debates food stamp cuts, the government should disclose where the program's costs are going and how much retailers and banks are profiting, says a new consumer watchdog report, Food Stamps: Follow The Money.
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U.S. Olympic Team Sprints Ahead With Electronic Health Records

Transporting reams of athletes' medical information has become a major burden for the U.S. Olympic Committee. So the committee has decided to transition from paper to electronic records to track the complex medical care of Olympians.
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Docs, Nurses Stay Alert On Overnight Shift In Children's Cardiac Unit

We go on late-night rounds with the doctors and nurses in the cardiac unit at Children's National Medical Center.

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Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K.

Genes and the environment both shape health and development. But their effects are not always equal. Researchers in the U.K. say they've mapped hotspots where nature has a stronger influence, and others where nurture dominates.

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