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Can Government Bans Tackle Obesity?

New York City's Board of Health approved a controversial and first-of-its-kind soda ban earlier this month. Marion Nestle of New York University and Brian Wansink of Cornell University debate whether government regulations are an effective way to fight the obesity epidemic.

'Downton Abbey' And The History Of Medical Quackery

In the British TV sensation, a servant's attempt to correct a debilitating limp with a dubious device ends in blood and disappointment. Despite tighter regulation over the years, quack devices remain a threat.
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Diagnosing, Treating And Living With Multiple Sclerosis

As many as one in 500 Americans has multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that can lead to permanent disabilities: Diagnosing, treating and living with MS.


Swedes Perform Pioneering Uterine Transplants; Americans Not Far Behind

The Swedish team transplanted uteruses from two women in their 50s to their daughters, and an Indiana group is recruiting women willing to undergo womb transplants in this country. It's the latest frontier in a field launched in 1954 with a successful kidney transplant. But one expert cautions against premature enthusiasm.
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Health Research At Risk From Sequestered Cuts

grad student at Johns Hopkins University

Automatic cuts from sequestration will affect more than just entitlements and the military — the National Institute of Health would be subject to $2.5 billion in cuts, which could stifle research.


Who's Next In Line For A Kidney Transplant? The Answer Is Changing

The nonprofit in charge of distributing organs wants to revamp the system for distributing kidneys for the first time in 25 years. But some transplant specialists and bioethicists fear the changes could end up discriminating against some patients.