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Staying Active Fends Off Alzheimer's, Even In People Over 80

Activity fends off Alzheimer's disease in people over 80, according to new research that tracked the movements of people in their 80s. And just doing stuff counts. It doesn't have to be "exercise."

Flossing Is Good For The Gums, But Doesn't Help The Heart

Medical experts have long thought that gum disease can cause heart disease. But now they say no; it's other health issues like smoking and lack of exercise that are causing both. But this doesn't mean you can stop flossing.

Few Answers In Abuse Probes At Homes For Disabled

California's state-run developmental centers are home to hundreds of developmentally disabled men and women. Reports of patient abuse at the centers jumped 40 percent between 2008 and 2010, and advocates say that abuse complaints — and even deaths — are not properly investigated.
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Prince George's County Wants 'Transforming' Neighborhoods

Six areas in Prince George's County have been identified by County Executive Rushern Baker as warranting extra attention and resources as part of his Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.


What We Can Learn From Warren Buffett's Prostate Cancer

Billionaire Warren Buffett was tested for prostate cancer at an age when most men are not. The evidence suggests that in most cases the harms of treatment of prostate cancer in elderly men outweigh its benefits.
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Hydraulic Fracturing In The Marcellus Shale

A supply glut and price collapse in natural gas is slowing down the hydraulic fracturing boom in some areas. How market forces, state regulations and health and environmental concerns are shaping development of the Marcellus Shale.

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Amanda Bennett: "The Cost of Hope"

Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter and editor Amanda Bennett investigates the cost of trying to keep her beloved husband alive as he battled cancer. A memoir of love and health care.


Unusual Alliances Form In Nebraska's Prenatal Care Debate

The state's Legislature voted to spend government funds on prenatal care for illegal immigrants. The governor vetoed the legislation, but some lawmakers are looking to override the veto in a vote on Wednesday.