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To Sniff Out Childhood Allergies, Researchers Head To The Farm

Soaring rates of allergies among children in recent decades have researchers puzzled. One theory says we're too clean, so kids' immune systems never learn how to deal with foreign invaders — even the harmless ones. Researchers now hope they'll find some answers by studying kids on farms.

Doctors Deploy Shots And Drugs Against Whooping Cough Outbreak

Some 338 people have been infected with whooping cough in Oregon this year. But that's just a small fraction of the number of cases the state of Washington is reporting. Health experts say the booster shot is not 100 percent effective at preventing the disease, but people who have it are far less likely to get sick.

Taking The Sting Out Of Jellyfish Isn't Easy

Your best bets? Carefully remove the tentacles and their stinging cells stuck in your skin. Then wash with hot water, or use saltwater if you're away from a bathroom or shower.
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State Health Care Systems: Bracing For A Supreme Court Decision

As Maryland and Virginia await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act--also known as Obamacare--they have taken different approaches to a looming 2014 deadline.


Identifying The Real Culprit Behind Killer Vascular Diseases

Reporting in the journal Nature Communications,researchers write that they were able to track down the cells causing clogged arteries. Dr. Jill Helms, co-author on the study, discusses why stem cells are to blame and how the study could lead to more effective treatments.

Tips For A Healthy Summer With Your Kids

Earlier this week, we led a chat on Twitter with Dr. Robert Block, a pediatrician who is president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about some tips for a healthier summer. He tackled questions ranging from how to pick a sunscreen to how to get kids to eat better.