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Best Defense Against Fire Ants May Be Allergy Shot Offense

Fire ant stings are a painful fact of life in the South. Sometimes the stings can cause fatal allergic reactions. Yet many people who know they're allergic aren't getting allergy shots that could protect them.

Mouse Study Sheds Light On Why Some Cancer Vaccines Fail

More than 90 clinical trials have tested therapeutic vaccines in cancer patients, but the results have been a mixed bag. A recent study in mice suggests that changing a traditional ingredient in the vaccines could make a big difference.
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Fighting Deadly Superbugs

Germs that are growing more drug resistant are on the rise in U.S. hospitals. Diane and her guests discuss how public health officials are fighting the spread of a group of especially deadly superbugs.


Scientists Report First Cure Of HIV In A Child, Say It's A Game-Changer

Scientists say a Mississippi child has been cured of HIV. The research findings, released Sunday, could help cure other HIV-infected newborns.

Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose-Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic

Despite current trends, most parents assume their own kids won't grow up to be overweight adults. That 'optimism bias' has neurological roots, brain scientists say.

Selling Kids On Veggies When Rules Like 'Clean Your Plate' Fail

Involving kids in preparing dinner may be a better way to get kids to eat their vegetables than strictures like "no dessert until you eat your vegetables." But health experts say there's nothing wrong with an occasional treat.