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Drug Rapidly Counters Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

Reporting in Science, researchers write that an FDA-approved drug for skin cancer had surprising results in mice with Alzheimer's. The drug rapidly cleared up amyloid protein from the brain and improved cognitive function. Co-author Gary Landreth discusses the drug's potential as a therapy for Alzheimer's.
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White House Bends On Birth Control Requirement For Religious Groups

The change to a previously announced rule would allow employers that have religious objections to offering contraception as part of their health plans to turn the responsibility over to insurance companies instead.
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How My Voice Went Silent

After coming down with a mysterious headache and a blazing sore throat, NPR science correspondent Richard Harris lost his voice. And it didn't come back. Doctors eventually pinpointed the cause: a paralyzed vocal cord.
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Rules Requiring Contraceptive Coverage Have Been In Force For Years

Many employer health plans have effectively been required to cover prescription birth control since 2000. And more than half the states have similar rules.
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When Flu Pandemics Hit, Closing Schools Can Slow Spread

When schools in Alberta, Canada, closed for summer in 2009, it put the breaks on the swine flu outbreak in the province, says research from McMaster University. But authorities have to weigh the costs and benefits of preemptive closure, and there isn't always a clear answer.
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Bishops Stand Strong Against Birth Control Mandate

The White House and American Catholic bishops are at a stalemate over a rule requiring many religious organizations to provide insurance coverage for contraception. "If the argument is over religious liberty," says one scholar, "the bishops win. If the argument is over contraceptives, the administration wins."

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