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Tracking The Spread Of A Nasty Virus

When members of a travel soccer team in Oregon fell ill last year, the details of how the disease spread through the team were mysterious. Kimberly Repp, an epidemiologist in Washington County, Oregon, describes the medical detective work that led epidemiologists through the chain of transmission of the norovirus.
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Sizing Up Americans In 'The Weight Of The Nation'

A new four-part documentary airing on HBO next week looks at America's growing weight problem. John Hoffman, vice president of HBO Documentary Films and executive producer of The Weight Of The Nation, describes his three year-project to document the causes and effects of being overweight and obese in America.
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FDA Gets Advice To Approve First Pill To Cut HIV Infections

A panel of experts said that Truvada, a daily pill, could help protect healthy people at high risk for HIV infection. The benefits, in their view, outweigh possible side effects, including kidney damage and a dangerous increase in acid in the blood.
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Use Of Tanning Beds Common, Despite Cancer Risks

But the most likely adult users, as you might have guessed, are women between 18 and 25. Around 30 percent of white women in that age group had used an indoor tanning machine of some sort in 2010.
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Why It Matters That California Teens Eat Less Than Their Peers

California teens eat about 158 calories less a day than their peers in other states, a new study says. But even that tiny amount of fewer calories per kid can help them maintain healthy weights over time, experts say.
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Northern Virginia Father Writes His Way To Hope

We meet two Virginia kids coping with a rare genetic condition, and hear how their dad is honoring them, and coping with his grief over their diagnosis with a new young adult novel.

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