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Poll: Virginians Support Drug Testing, Divided On Health

A poll shows that residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia are divided on many issues, but one that most people seem to get behind is mandatory drug testing for recipients of social services.

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Trans Fats Are Leaving The Food Supply And The Body, Study Finds

Health researchers found the the levels trans-fatty acids in some Americans' blood decreased by 58 percent between 2000 and 2009. They say it's a sign that the campaigns to ban food products with trans fats have been working.
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International Meeting On Controversial Bird Flu Research Draws Near

The scientists, journal editors and others who attend are expected to review the facts and the most pressing issues related to this specific work, rather than have a broader discussion about the possibility of international oversight of potentially worrisome biological research.
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Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance

The ancient Chinese martial art has been shown to benefit older people by maintaining balance and strength. Now, researchers find Tai Chi can also benefit patients who suffer from Parkinson's, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and motor control.
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Does Offering Smaller Portions At Restaurants Help People Eat Less?

Asking for less food isn't something most people think about when ordering from a menu. A new study suggests that asking people if they want less food and, in turn, fewer calories, before they order is key.
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'Congress Will Act': Fight Over Birth Control Coverage Moves To The Hill

Some religious groups have attacked the Obama administration's plan to require most employers to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives. GOP lawmakers are now vowing to overturn the requirement; meanwhile, Democrats say they'll fight to maintain it to protect women's health.
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Redefining The Grieving Process In The Digital Age

After a loved one dies, it's becoming more common to offer and receive condolences through a Facebook post or an email. New York Times contributor Bruce Feiler discusses the new customs that are evolving to guide the grieving process in the digital age.

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