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What Does 'Raw' Mean? When It Comes To Almonds, You Might Be Surprised

By law, all California almonds must be pasteurized or treated with a fumigant — processes aimed at preventing foodborne illness. But critics say the treatments taint flavor and mislead consumers.

Wanna Go To Fit City? List Ranks America's 50 Fittest Metro Areas

The new American Fitness Index is out, with some good news and bad news. Five cities fell five or more slots; Washington, D.C., finished first, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Clinical Psychologist To Head Chicago's Cook County Jail

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist who was appointed to lead one of the country's largest jails. More than a third of Cook County's inmates are mentally ill.

Dense Breasts Are Just One Part Of The Cancer Risk Calculus

Women with dense breasts are more likely to get cancer and less likely to catch it early on a mammogram. But degree of density matters too, a study finds, as do other factors like family history.
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Flex Those Muscles, D.C.: We're The Fittest City In The Country (Again)

The D.C. metropolitan area has been named the fittest city in the country for the second year in a row in a report by The American College of Sports Medicine.


How Medicare Advantage Investors Profited From Loose Government Lips

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a memo to insurers saying government audit policies could be relaxed, investors privy to the news pounced, sending shares upward.

They're Going Door To Door In The Amazon To See Why People Get Sick

In one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, researchers are in the midst of an extensive health census. The study could be key to figuring out the impact of mercury used in illegal mining.

Cellphones Or School? What Makes Kids Around The World Happy

Whether they're rich or poor, kids around the world are generally happy with their lives, an international study finds. But when it comes to liking school, poor children come out on top.

How We Store Food At Home Could Be Linked To How Much We Eat

Could keeping food out of sight be a way to keep it out of your mouth? A new study points to a possible tie between how food is stored, how visible it is in the home and obesity.

Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

It can be hard to decipher what a non-native speaker is saying. But that might not always be a bad thing when it comes to understanding or remembering, scientists say.