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Search For Parkinson's Genes Turns To Online Social Networking

For a few hundred dollars and a vial of spit, a growing number of companies will search your DNA to try to predict your disease risks. One of them hopes to mine their data to find out which genes are linked to Parkinson's disease.
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Teen Pregnancy Declines, But U.S. Still Lags

America's rate of teen pregnancies is the highest in the developed world. The good news is that the rate is declining dramatically, but it takes more than talking about sex and contraception to keep the numbers falling.
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Dallas Deploys Old Weapon In New Mosquito Fight

The city has approved its first aerial spraying in 45 years to combat an outbreak of West Nile virus. Over the years, the chemicals used for aerial spraying have become much safer for everything and everyone involved — save the mosquitoes.
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Study: Many Virginians Lack Access To Dental Care

Many people in Virginia don't have access to dental care because of costs and lack of dentists, according to a study by two economists at the University of Virginia.

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PTSD Isn't Just A War Wound; Teens Suffer, Too

About 4 percent of teenage boys and 6 percent of teenage girls have PTSD. Many of them have physical symptoms related to their stress, including problems sleeping, weight gain and hair loss. Researchers are trying to identify which parts of the brain are affected by PTSD so they can come up with more ways to treat the disorder.
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Solar Toilet Disinfects Waste, Makes Hydrogen Fuel

The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge asked engineers to dream up a replacement for the antiquated flush toilet. Michael Hoffmann and his team at Caltech responded with a solar-powered toilet that disinfects waste and reuses wastewater to flush. Better yet, it pumps out hydrogen gas for use in fuel cells.
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WHO Calls For Emergency Stockpile Of Cholera Vaccine

After a successful project to vaccinate Haitians against cholera, the World Health Organization is calling for the establishment of a global stockpile of the vaccine to respond to outbreaks like the one that struck Haiti.

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