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Despite Rise Of Superbugs, Syphilis Still Has A Kryptonite

Syphilis cases are on the rise. The bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease is becoming resistant to some antibiotics. But somehow, penicillin has remained the best weapon against it.
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Can Web Search Predict Cancer? Promise And Worry Of Big Data And Health

Microsoft researchers say in their new study, Bing searches held clues to pancreatic cancer diagnoses. But what role should new data streams like web searches and social media play in public health?
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Australia Finds Ugly Packaging Slows Cigarette Sales

In 2012, Australia set out to design the ugliest possible cigarette packaging. Pantone 448c is so dreary that since introducing it on all cigarette packaging, Australia has seen cigarette sales drop.
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Why Countries Need To Make Sure Their Kids Learn To Play Nice

A study offers a rare look at how well toddlers are doing in low- and middle-income countries.
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Philadelphia City Council Set To Pass Soda Tax

Philadelphia's City Council agreed to support a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened beverages, including all sweetened drinks, whether they are sugar-based or diet. The proposal still requires a second council vote, expected to pass on June 16. Cities interested in similar taxes include Oakland, Calif., San Francisco and Boulder, Colo.
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California Raises Smoking Age To 21

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to state Sen. Ed Hernandez about California becoming the second state to raise the smoking age to 21. Hernandez authored the bill to raise the smoking age.
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A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Melanoma can be a deadly skin cancer, but 10 years ago, biologist Jim Allison figured out a way to tweak the body's immune system to go after those malignant cells. Some patients are now cancer-free.
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For Doctors-In-Training, A Dose Of Health Policy Helps The Medicine Go Down

Medical residents at George Washington University go beyond what's ailing patients and spend three weeks examining and diagnosing the nation's health care system.
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Cancer Scientist Jams With Willie Nelson One More Time

Joe Palca was fresh out of college in 1975, when he got a job as a lab tech, working for a young scientist and country music fan who would one day harness the immune system to fight cancer.
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Taxing Sugar: 5 Things To Know About Philly's Proposed Soda Tax

The Philadelphia City Council this week took a major step toward approving a tax on sweetened drinks. Passing a tax in a city this big would be historic and could set a precedent.

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