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Americans' Cholesterol Levels Shrink, Even As Waistlines Expand

Federal data show that only 13.4 percent of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol, compared with 18.3 percent a decade earlier. Drugs rather than better lifestyle appear to account for the improvement.

Bird Flu Scientist Has Applied For Permit To Export Research

The Dutch scientist at the center of the controversy over recent bird flu experiments says that his team applied for government permission Tuesday to submit a paper describing their research to a science journal. He is optimistic the request will be granted, but had hoped he wouldn't need the special permit.

Bicycle Portraits: What Do Bikes Say About A Culture?

It might sound cliched, but in South Africa, fewer people bike than you might think. Two guys with cameras want to change that.

Plame Wilson Makes Fighting Postpartum New Mission

Years before CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson's cover was blown in a newspaper column, she faced a private struggle with postpartum depression. After giving birth to twins, she suffered from debilitating sleep deprivation and emotional strain. Host Michel Martin speaks with Plame Wilson about how she got help and her new mission.

Dream Adventure Vacation Can Turn Into Medical Bill Nightmare

Chances are your domestic health plan won't pick up the tab for medical care overseas, and it almost certainly won't cover you if you're seriously hurt and need to be evacuated by air to a medical facility. Even special polices to help overseas may not be enough if you engage in risky adventures.

If The Health Care Overhaul Goes Down, Could Medicare Follow?

Health experts warn that the Medicare system is so intertwined with the Affordable Care Act that if the Supreme Court strikes the law down, "it takes everything with it."