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Menu Math: When Counting Fast Food Calories Requires A Calculator

Is that veggie pizza at the local pizza chain 1,680 calories, or 2,960? Fast-food menus with calorie counts that are supposed to help eaters make healthier choices often aren't much help, a new study reports.
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Chemical Used For Stripping Bathtubs Kills 13

Bathtub refinishing has become a popular remodeling project. But a chemical used in the process produces highly toxic fumes. And it's not just sold just to the pros; it's also in dozens of products sold in home-improvement stores. Researchers say people should be very careful using solvents in the home.
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Mild Winter May Be Keeping Flu Bugs At Bay

Flu season usually peaks around February. But this year it's missing in action, with the CDC reporting the slowest start to the flu season on record. Peter Palese, a microbiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses whether unseasonably warm winter weather may be to thank.
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Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Tuberculosis'

When doctors autopsied tuberculosis patients, they described finding round, white swellings, especially in and around the lungs. Medical historian Howard Markel describes how those potato-like growths led to the disease being called tuberculosis, from the Latin tuber.
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Genetic Test Reveals Unexpected Data

Bloomberg News reporter John Lauerman volunteered to have his DNA sequenced by Harvard researchers to demystify the process for the public. What he didn't expect to uncover was that he possessed two gene variants--one linked to rare blood disorders and the other to a higher risk of Alzheimer's.
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In Rice, How Much Arsenic Is Too Much?

People are asking how much arsenic in food is too much, but they're not getting answers. Scientists say they know a lot less about arsenic in food than they do about the toxic element's effects in drinking water.

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