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Paralyzed Rats Walk, Even Sprint After Rehab

Reporting in Science, researchers write that a combination of therapies, willpower and chocolate helped rats with severe spinal cord injuries learn to walk and even run again. Neurobiologist Moses Chao, not affiliated with the study, discusses the rehab method and whether it could work in humans.
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Remembering A Son In 'Immortal Bird'

In a new memoir, writer Doron Weber tells the story of his son Damon, who was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent at heart transplant at age 16. Weber describes his family's experiences with a medical system that he says failed to provide adequate care to his ailing son.
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Can Technology Deliver Better Health Care?

Smartphones can monitor many of your vital signs at home--and do it more cheaply than your doctor. But will technology deliver better medical care? Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Reed Tuckson, head of UnitedHealth Group, and Dr. Arnold Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discuss the future of digital health.
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Planned Parenthood Controversy Hangs Over Komen's Fundraising Races

Participation is down in races to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity. Some Komen supporters remain skeptical about the group, even though a decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood was reversed quickly.
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Antibiotic-Free Meat Business Is Booming, Thanks To Chipotle

Antibiotic-free food went mainstream after Chipotle's founder advertised free-range pork on the menu. Now many big players in food service are getting into the act, creating a few supply chain hiccups.
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More Americans Are Checking Prices Before Getting Health Care

Among recent health care consumers, 16 percent said they'd looked for prices beforehand, compared with 11 percent who'd answered that way two years ago. The most common source is a doctor's office, cited by 50 percent of people who checked on prices.

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