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What's Lost When Kids Don't Ride Bikes To School

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, schools and parents look for ways to get kids off the couch. But the number of students who walk or ride their bikes to school has dropped from 48% in 1969 to just 13% in 2009. David Darlington talks about his Bicycling article, "Why Johnny Can't Ride."
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In Global Rankings, US Fares Poorly On Premature Births

Babies are born too soon at a higher rate in the United States than in 125 other countries. The first worldwide rankings of preterm births show the problem isn't limited to the developing world.
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Long-Term Care Insurance

As America ages, more people are considering insurance for long-term care. Diane and her panel of experts discuss what the policies cover and who should purchase them.

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Costly Heart Procedures Thrive In Some Places, Despite Cheaper Alternatives

In Michigan, areas with more cardiac catheterization labs — places where patients are diagnosed for heart problems — tended to have more interventions than those with fewer labs.
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Are Democrats Reaching On Latest 'War On Women' Claim?

When House Republicans sought to offset the cost of a federal student loan bill by cutting funding from a $15 billion preventive health fund, the proposal drew howls from Democrats. Was it a fair criticism?
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Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Enron, Worldcom, Bernie Madoff — the past decade has brought us a long parade of headlines involving unethical behavior. And that's led researchers to a disturbing conclusion: The vast majority of us are not only capable of behaving in profoundly unethical ways, but without realizing it, we do it all the time. Exhibit A: the story of Toby Groves.
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Jordan Smoller: "The Other Side of Normal: How Biology is Providing the Clues to Unlock the Secrets of Normal and Abnormal Behavior"

A professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Harvard University argues there are no bright lines between normal and abnormal behavior. He says psychiatric disorders are variations of the same brain systems that evolved to help us solve the challenges of everyday life.

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