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Improving Foster Care For Native American Kids

An average of 700 Native American children in South Dakota are removed from their homes and placed in foster care each year, often in violation of federal law, an NPR investigation found. Native American children make up less than 15 percent of the state's child population, but represent more than half of kids in foster care.

Obama Tackles Rx Drug Shortages

The president's executive order asks companies to speed up production of key drugs when shortages occur. Companies will also be asked to report potential supply problems more often.

Stomach Bug Has A Field Day At NBA

A study of basketball players who caught the contagious norovirus in the locker room provides a play-by-play of how it spread. The bug is the second-most common reason players miss a game.

Losing Weight: A Battle Against Fat And Biology

Most people who lose weight end up gaining it back — and it's not just a matter of willpower. In fact, once we begin to shed those first few pounds, says one expert, "the biology really kicks in and tries to resist the weight loss."

Aspirin, Colon Cancer And You

A study in The Lancet finds that people with Lynch syndrome, a hereditary predisposition to cancer of the digestive tract, who took aspirin twice a day for a up to 4 years were about 60 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer those who got a placebo. But

Corporations Offer Help In Trimming The Waist

Companies are trying to bring down their spiraling health care costs by helping employees lose weight. At Dow Chemical, managers hope to set an example by hitting the corporate gym at midday, and the company offers weight-management classes on demand, at workers' convenience.