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Experimental Drug Is First To Help Kids With Premature-Aging Disease

The new drug reversed changes in blood vessels that usually lead kids with the rare genetic disease progeria to have heart attacks and strokes. Research on the toxic protein responsible for progeria is also changing scientists' understanding of how normal cells age.

Pediatricians: Bounce Trampolines From Homes To Protect Kids

A leading group of pediatricians is out with a sterner warning than ever about trampolines. They say the risk of injury to kids remains too high, despite some safety measures. Use of trampolines at home "is strongly discouraged."
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Students At SE High School Sickened By Apples

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Several students at Ballou High School in Southeast D.C. were reportedly sick thanks to a few bad apples. At least three have been transported to area hospitals.


Getting A More Svelte Salmon To Your Dinner Plate

Muscular fish like salmon, tuna and eel can benefit from more exercise in a farmed fish environment. New research and a new book are aiming to convince fish farmers that getting fish to swim faster will mean healthier products, less waste, and more profit.
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The Pluses And Minuses Of Electronic Medical Records

The shift to electronic medical records is improving quality of care but also raising some costs. A look at the positive and negative consequences of digital health records.


Is CrossFit Training Good For Kids?

In the past few years, some sports medicine specialists have become convinced that strength training activities like CrossFit can be great for kids. But others worry that CrossFit trainers aren't teaching appropriate techniques for weightlifting to adults, much less kids.

Two New Drugs May Help In Fight Against Obesity

Both the drugs — Belviq and Qsymia — were approved in July. They make you feel satisfied with less food — and not as hungry between meals. But there are side effects, including dry mouth, constipation and a slight tingling in fingers and toes; Qsymia can also cause birth defects.