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Nail Biting: Mental Disorder Or Just A Bad Habit?

The next version of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders proposes to lump nail biters and other pathological groomers with people who have obsessive compulsive disorder. But some psychiatrists see nail biting as a much more benign habit.

On The Road: Reporting On Lead Poisoning In Nigeria

Gold ore mined in northern Nigeria is mixed with lead. When the ore is dug up, crushed and processed, the lead escapes into the air and settles on the ground. Children are being poisoned when they swallow lead-contaminated dust and dirt.

Tylenol Bottles: Hard To Open For 30 Years

In the days when over-the-counter drugs weren't so tamper-proof, seven people died taking poisoned Tylenol. Packaging has tightened up since then, and today, the way Johnson & Johnson handled the situation is still considered textbook crisis management.
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Local Counties Recommend Flu Shot For All This Year

woman getting a flu shot

Shortages have relegated flu shots to the vulnerable in years past, but now health officials are recommending that everybody get vaccinated.

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Virginia Horse Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Animal health officials in Virginia are urging horse owners to check vaccination records after one horse contracted West Nile virus.


Holy Bat Virus! Genome Hints At Origin Of SARS-Like Virus

Virologists have published the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, which has killed one man and hospitalized another. The mystery virus is most closely related to coronaviruses that infect bats in Southeast Asia. But this doesn't necessarily mean that the men caught the virus directly from bats.