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Combatting Childhood Obesity

Obese and overweight kids are more likely to have health, emotional and behavioral problems. But because of our cultural sensitivities and the emotions caught up in the issue, helping a child lose weight can be an overwhelming challenge.

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Walter Reed Janitors In Labor Dispute With Contractor

Janitors who work at the Walter Reed military medical center in Bethesda say they haven't been paid in two weeks — but they've been hesitant to strike out of concern for the hospital's patients. 


Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.
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Dr. Robert Lustig: "Fat Chance: Beating The Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease"

Nearly three million viewers have seen Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube video "Sugar: The Bitter Truth." In a new book, he documents the science and politics behind the obesity pandemic and calls for an overhaul of the global food system.

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Suspected Fungal Meningitis Cases Rise In Virginia

Health officials say the number of suspected fungal meningitis cases in Virginia has risen to 50.


How Changing Visual Cues Can Affect Attitudes About Weight

To change negative attitudes about body size, simply reframing what people see might help. Women in England became more tolerant of overweight people when they were shown more photos of plus-sized women in neutral leotards.

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.