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Researchers Find Hormone That Grows Insulin-Producing Cells

When researchers turned on a gene for the hormone in the livers of diabetic lab mice, the number of insulin-making cells in their pancreas glands tripled within 10 days. Although the research was conducted in animals, the scientists say the findings could be relevant for humans.
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Why Finding A TB Test Got Hard

Problems at a Canadian factory have caused a shortage of tuberculosis tests in the U.S. Some hospitals and health departments around the country are deferring routing TB testing as a result.
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Boston ER Doctor Finds Marathon Memories Hard To Shake

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Leana Wen cared for people hurt by the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line. She worried that the next patient she treated would turn out to be her husband. Ten days later, the sounds of sirens still shake her.
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Paul Farmer: "To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation"

Diane speaks with renowned physician and social activist Paul Farmer. In his latest book, he encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times, from global health and poverty to climate change.

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The Growing Demand For Home Health Aides

As baby boomers age, the demand for home health aides is on the rise: What the shortage of caregivers means for patients, their families and the home health care industry.

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Howard Prof Relies On 'Green Chemistry' To Improve Drugs

Joseph Fortunak teaches chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences at Howard University, and is working to make life-saving medicines more available and sustainable for African countries.

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In Wake Of Boston Attack, Local Muslims Haven't Felt Blowback

When it was discovered that the two perpetrators of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon advocated radical Islam, some local Muslims worried about a potential response on area religious communities.

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