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Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

In his latest book Hallucinations, neurologist Oliver Sacks collects stories of individuals who can see, hear and smell things that aren't really there--such as strange voices, or collages of unrecognizable faces--and explores the disorders and drugs that can produce such illusions.
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Heading Into Holidays, Nonprofits Focus On Hunger

As the holiday season ramps up, so do D.C. area groups who work to fight hunger thoughout the region. Nonprofits are seeing a significant increase in visitors seeking meals, according to the Capital Area Food Bank. 


Stakes Rise In Malaria Battle As Cracks Appear In Drug's Armor

At health clinics along the Thai-Myanmar border, malaria is getting tougher to treat as resistance to medication grows. Doctors say it may be time to focus on eradicating malaria before the drugs lose potency.

Experimental Malaria Vaccine Disappoints, But Work Continues

An experimental vaccine for malaria reduces infants' risk of the disease by about a third. That's less than researchers had hoped for, given the vaccine's effectiveness in toddlers, but doctors say it's enough to prevent many high fevers, seizures and deaths in a lot of African children.
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Sandy Flooding Halts Shellfish Harvesting In Chesapeake Bay

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy resulted in a massive run-off into area waterways. State health officials are concerned that the run-off may have contaminated shellfish.


Why Energy Drinks May Not Be The Answer For Sleepy Soldiers

A study finds combat soldiers who were heavy users of energy drinks were more likely to sleep less than four hours a night. But is the popularity of the drinks contributing to sleeplessness or just a reflection of it?

What Health-Minded Smartphone Users Have In Common With Obama Voters

Exit polls and a separate survey of cellphone users show similarities between Obama voters and people who tap their mobile devices to get health information. Latinos, African-Americans and young people were big in both groups.