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Mixed Feelings About Side Effects From Cholesterol Pills

There's ample evidence cholesterol-lowering pills called statins can reduce the risk of a repeat heart attack. But there's fresh debate about the widespread use of statins to prevent heart attacks in people who've never had one. Are the benefits worth the risks?
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When Your Family Member Does The Unthinkable

In the wake of mass murder, the families of victims must navigate a complicated emotional landscape. But so, too, must the families of those charged with the crimes. Among the questions such families must grapple with are troubling ones about their own responsibility.
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Bites From Rabid Vampire Bats May Not Be A Death Sentence

Challenging the view that rabies is always fatal, scientists have discoverd a group of Peruvians who show signs of surviving rabies from vampire bats, despite never being vaccinated for the virus. The findings suggest that some people may become resistant to rabies after they're exposed to it over time.
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Lab Findings Support Provocative Theory On Cancer 'Enemy' Within

Three separate teams of scientists have shown that so-called cancer stem cells can be found in brain tumors and early forms of skin and colon cancer. Evidence has been mounting in recent years for the existence of these cells, which are believed to resist standard chemotherapy and fuel the growth of tumors and relapses.
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Will Health Provisions Tame Birth Control Cost?

Some provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect today, including one that requires insurers to cover preventative health care for women. For more on the changes, host Michel Martin sits down with Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey.
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You Think Beauty Is Skin Deep? You're Not A Chiropractor

For a time, posture contests were all the rage. They gave chiropractors a public relations boost when the profession was fighting for respect. The pageants helped build goodwill and support for licensure, a chiropractic historian says.

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