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Scientific Case Still Open On 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins, the FBI's prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, died before his trial in an apparent suicide, and the case is now closed. John Dankosky and guests discuss new investigations that question whether scientific evidence against Ivins was conclusive enough to hold up in court.
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Analysis Questions Flu Shot Effectiveness

A new report in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases says evidence that the flu shot offers protection in adults aged 65 years or older is lacking. Host John Dankosky and guests discuss the report, the upcoming flu season, and whether seniors should get the flu vaccine.
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Does Probiotic Yogurt Really Affect Digestion?

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that the bacteria in yogurt affect people's digestion--but not by repopulating gut flora. Microbiologist Jeffrey Gordon talks about these findings and the future of using bacteria as therapy for digestive disorders such as diarrhea.
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When Forgettable Salads Cause A Deadly Outbreak

The E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 4,300 people in May and June had epidemiologists scrambling to find the contaminated vegetables that caused it. What made it difficult, they say in a new paper, is that people had trouble remembering what exactly was in the salads they ate. In this case, the culprit turned out to be fenugreek seeds, but it was a long road to get there.
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Democrats Lose Enthusiasm For Health Law

For the first time since President Obama signed it into law in March 2010, more than half of those polled — 51 percent — told researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation they had an unfavorable view of the measure overhauling health care. Only 34 percent said they viewed the law favorably, a post-passage low.
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Scientists Underscore Drugs' Impact On Waterways

Drugs like anti-depressants and hormones from birth control are known to find their way into area waterways -- so don't flush those pills, turn them in.

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Hormones And Metabolism Conspire Against Dieters

Willpower will only take you so far, in case you haven't run that experiment yourself. Turns out our bodies have a fuel gauge, not entirely unlike the gas gauge in our cars, that tell us when it's time to tank up on food. Dieting can make the gauge go haywire.

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