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Vatican To Host Stem Cell Research Conference

The Catholic Church invested $1 million to form a joint foundation with an adult stem cell research company, and its first project is a conference with scientists to discuss the future of stem cell therapies. Some in the scientific community believe the Vatican is trying to undercut embryonic stem cell research.
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When Lactose Intolerance Makes You Scream For No Ice Cream

Most adults can't digest milk sugar: it's a recent genetic adaptation most common in Northern Europe. The food industry has come up with enzyme supplements and lactose-free products for those who want to enjoy ice cream without a tummy ache. But not all supplements have what it takes.
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Addiction: When You Fear It's Just A Matter Of Time

Before a coroner's report confirmed Amy Winehouse drank herself to death, her mother said she long felt it was "only a matter of time." Dr. Terry Schneekloth of the Mayo Clinic and author David Sheff talk about difficult choices people face when they deal with loved ones suffering from addictions.
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Exhibitors Strut Offbeat Wares At Public Health Confab

Need a plush pancreas or spleen? How about a T-shirt featuring a liver? Yes, there's a company selling those and more. And the goods are on display at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
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Study Finds Scant Evidence Of Heart Risks From ADHD Drugs For Kids

ADHD drugs like Ritalin don't pose a big risk of dangerous cardiovascular problems, according to new research. But the risk could still be doubled for the 2.7 million children taking stimulant drugs to treat the symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
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The Case For A 'Check In' Instead Of A Checkup

Instead of an annual check-up, many doctors suggest that a regular "check-in" is a better idea. At a check-in, you can discuss any health concerns you have and get the limited tests and preventive screenings that are appropriate and helpful for someone of your age and risk profile.

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