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Spandex Stretches To Meet U.S. Waistlines

Spandex may make you think of disco or workout gear. But because this wonder fiber can stretch more than a 100 percent and snap right back to shape, its claim to fame may just be that it has clothed Americans as obesity rates have soared.
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From Body Scan To Body Form: Sizing A Clothing Line

Are you size 4? A 6? An 8? Often women don't know — and can actually be all those sizes without gaining or losing an ounce. A clothing size and fit consulting firm works with brands to expand the number of people it can dress by focusing on not only size numbers but also body shapes.
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The Surprising Ingredient In Raw Cookie Dough That Could Make You Sick

When people get sick from eating raw cookie dough, raw eggs are usually to blame. But a 2009 outbreak of E. coli that sickened people who ate ready-to-bake Nestle Toll House cookie dough may have been caused by a surprising culprit: the flour.
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Rats Show Empathy, By Freeing Trapped Companions

Reporting in Science, researchers write of an experiment in which rats worked to open the cages of trapped rats, but not empty or dummy-filled cages. Author Peggy Mason discusses empathy in non-primates, and the value rats place on freeing a companion--about equal to that of a stash of chocolate chips.
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Python Could Help Treat Heart Disease

Adult Burmese pythons can swallow prey as large as deer. Now, researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder say the way the python's heart balloons after it eats could help treat human heart disease. Molecular biologist Leslie Leinwand discusses her team's python experiments.
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Debating Genetically Modified Salmon

Biotech company AquaBounty has not yet received FDA approval for its fast-growing, genetically-modified salmon. Biotechnologist Alison Van Eenennaam and environmental scientist Anne Kapuscinski discuss the food safety and environmental concerns associated with transgenic fish.
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A Deadly Fire That Changed How Hospitals Are Built

A ferocious fire at the largest hospital in Hartford, Conn., killed 16 people 50 years ago. The results of an investigation into the blaze led stricter fire codes and construction standards for hospitals across the country.
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With Doubts, FDA Panel Votes For Yaz And Related Contraceptives

After hours of circular debate about the safety of Bayer's family of oral contraceptives, 15 of the Food and Drug Administration's 26 expert advisors voted that the benefits of these birth control pills outweigh the risk of dangerous blood clots.

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