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D.C. Region's Uninsured Below Average

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Despite a rising poverty rate, the number of uninsured in the D.C. region is below the national average.

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Fatal Car Crashes Drop For 16-Year-Olds, Rise For Older Teens

Tougher licensing laws may explain the findings of a study that analyzed more than 130,000 fatal teen crashes over 22 years. Experts note that teens who wait until they are 18 can get their license without jumping through as many hoops — or facing as many restrictions.
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Pediatricians Fact-Check Bachmann's Bashing of HPV Vaccine

The American Academy of Pediatrics said there is no validity to statements that a vaccine against cervical cancer is dangerous and can lead to mental retardation.
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How Does The CDC Determine Vaccine Schedules?

Michele Norris speaks with Dr. Carol Baker, chair of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She describes how the CDC determines the schedules for children's immunizations.
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Doctors Counter Vaccine Fears In Pacific Northwest

Up until recently, most parents accepted the full slate of vaccines that pediatricians gave their children, no questions asked. Now, vaccination rates are dropping in states like Washington and Oregon, and doctors are learning to talk to parents about their vaccine fears.
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The 'Next Big Step': Preventing 1 Million Heart Attacks And Strokes

Federal officials say it's time to try harder on some proven approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease. Within five years such things as better treatment of high blood pressure could make a big difference.

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