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First Lady Leans On Darden Restaurants To Shave Calories Off Menus

The company has pledged to reduce its calorie and sodium footprints with a goal of 10 percent reduction over the next five years and 20 percent in the next decade. It says its restaurants will also downsize meal portions.
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Tempest In A Lunch Box: Arsenic Traces In Apple Juice

Dr. Oz isn't the only one whose testing has turned up arsenic in apple juice. But his methods have been challenged, and the Food and Drug Administration maintains the drink remains safe to consume.
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Bioethicist Offers Bachmann A Challenge

Michele Norris speaks with Dr. Steve H. Miles of Center of Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. He's offered to pay $1,000 if the medical records of the person Republican Presidential Hopeful Michele Bachmann says became mentally retarded after receiving the HVP vaccine are reviewed by a medical professional.
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How Can Parents Navigate Children's TV Shows?

Michele Norris speaks with Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Hospital, about how parents can navigate the world of children's TV programs. A new study done at the University of Virginia with a group of 4 year olds found those who'd watched the fast-paced cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants performed worse on mental function tests than their peers who watched the slower-paced cartoon Calliou or who simply spent their time drawing. Christakis says young children's brains get over-stimulated by the faster-paced programs — and urges parents to think about what kind of television-watching experience they want their children to have.
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Judge Blocks Florida Law Curbing Doctors' Questions About Guns

A federal judge in Florida ruled that the right of doctors to free speech wouldn't interfere with gunowners' rights to bear arms. She enjoined a state law that effectively restricted what doctors could ask patients about gun ownership.
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West Nile in Md. Prompts Mosquito Spraying

Officials in New Carrolton, Maryland are spraying for mosquitos after a case of West Nile Virus surface in the town this week.

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Recording A Life In One's Final Days

As people near the end of their lives, many fear dying without leaving something behind. "Dignity therapy" helps patients document their life stories in their own words. The majority of patients who try it report an increased sense of meaning and purpose after treatment.

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