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'Freshman 15' Is More Of A 4-Year Phenomenon

The so-called "freshman 15" is dreaded by new college students, who fear gaining weight in their first year of college. A new nutrition study shows that the "freshman fifteen" is actually more like a "college 11.7," a weight gain that continues over four years. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Auburn University professor Sareen Gropper, who co-authored the new study.
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At School, Overweight Children Carry A Heavy Burden

The number of overweight and obese children is rising. Many of those kids struggle to manage medical conditions at school, but they also face practical challenges, like frequent bathroom breaks and difficulty moving between classes. Obesity can also take a toll on kids' emotional health — and their test scores.
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Obama, Ryan Talk Medicare At AARP Convention

President Barack Obama and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan addressed the annual AARP convention in New Orleans on Friday.
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Fact-Checking Obama And Ryan Speeches To AARP

Both President Barack Obama and Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan presented their visions for Medicare to the nation's most influential lobbying group for the elderly on Friday. Julie Rovner has parsed their remarks and joins Audie Cornish to provide some context.
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AIDS Drug Creator Never Profited From His Discovery

Jerome Horwitz, the developer of the antiretroviral drug AZT, died earlier this month. Audie Cornish speaks with Paul Volberding, Director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of San Francisco about how AZT revolutionized AIDS research.
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Government Officials Retire Chimpanzees From Research

The National Institutes of Health will retire over 100 chimps from biomedical research experiments after deciding there's no longer a need for them. Some chimps are headed to a sanctuary, while others will go to a facility in Texas that will care for them.
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One Afghan Girl's Healing Journey To The U.S.

Arefa, 6, suffered a life-threatening wound on her head as well as severe burns when her family's tent in Afghanistan was engulfed in flames from an IED. Doctors treating her at a hospital in Los Angeles say her struggle to stay alive for three years is nothing short of a miracle.

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