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Washington State Raises Bar For Parents To Skip Kids' Vaccinations

Parents who don't want to meet state immunization requirements for school now have to obtain a certificate of exemption from a licensed health care provider.
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HIV/AIDS Panel Looks At New Tactics To Prevent Disease

The District of Columbia is open to new ideas to help reduce the city's staggering rate of HIV infections.

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D.C. Uses Viral Loads To Measure HIV-AIDS Progress

Washington D.C. is one of a few cities in the nation to track the progress of HIV/AIDS using new statistics on viral loads.

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Why Does A Virus Jump From One Species To Another?

The more susceptible a species' close relatives are to a virus, the more likely it is to move among them, researchers say. If humans want to predict the appearance of new diseases in the future, we need to understand how the viruses make the leap.
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Understanding The Mysterious Teenage Brain

It's an age-old question: Why do teenagers behave as they do? Why the angst, anger and risk-taking? Researchers say science and evolution provide intriguing answers. And in some cases, the very behaviors that drive parents crazy may be the traits that are keys to success as an adult.
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The Illicit, Perilous World Of 'Pumping'

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is launching a public safety campaign Monday. It follows many cases of procedures gone wrong at the hands of unqualified surgeons, including 'pumpers' who illegally inject industrial-grade silicone into patients. The practice leads to dire health problems, even death. Guest host Jacki Lyden learns more with Laura Rena Murray, who recently reported this issue for the New York Times, and Dr. Malcolm Roth, the new president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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Pakistan Polio Spreading To China

The polio strains isolated from 10 children in China were linked to virus circulating in Pakistan. They're the first confirmed cases of polio identified in China since 1999, according to the World Health Organization.

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