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Energy Drinks Can Take Teeth On An Irreversible Acid Trip

Dental researchers found that regular consumption of sports and energy drinks can contribute to tooth decay by because the acid in the beverages can erode the protective enamel.
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First Of Controversial Bird Flu Studies Is Published

The paper describes experiments that suggest just a few genetic changes could potentially make a bird flu virus capable of becoming contagious in humans, and causing a dangerous pandemic. A fierce debate has raged over this study for months, because of fears that the work might provide a recipe for turning bird flu into a bioweapon.
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Lard Is Back In The Larder, But Hold The Health Claims

Although some tout lard as a "healthy" animal fat, it's still high in saturated fat, like butter. So eating a lot of it is not really good for you. But tasters agree, it makes a darn fine pie crust.
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A Step Forward For Gene Therapy To Treat HIV

Years after more than 40 patients with HIV received immune cells designed to attack and kill cells infected with HIV, the specialized cells are still present in their bloodstreams. There's been no sign the cells, a form of gene therapy, caused any serious side effects.
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What's Lost When Kids Don't Ride Bikes To School

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, schools and parents look for ways to get kids off the couch. But the number of students who walk or ride their bikes to school has dropped from 48% in 1969 to just 13% in 2009. David Darlington talks about his Bicycling article, "Why Johnny Can't Ride."
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In Global Rankings, US Fares Poorly On Premature Births

Babies are born too soon at a higher rate in the United States than in 125 other countries. The first worldwide rankings of preterm births show the problem isn't limited to the developing world.

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