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Tests Find Formaldehyde In More Hair Straighteners

While some brands of hair straightener bill themselves as free of formaldehyde, some may contain significant concentrations of the chemical, an irritant and a cancer risk. An independent study confirms previous government reports that some hair products are mislabeled.
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Treating Soldiers With Severe Combat Wounds

More soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds that would have been fatal a decade ago. The injuries have led to advances in combat medicine but have challenged the health care systems meant to help veterans back home. War reporter David Wood talks with Fresh Air about the hurdles facing these troops and their families.
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Chew On This: Some Gum May Ward Off Ear Infections

Giving children gum with xylitol, a sugar substitute, appears to reduce the risk of ear infections by 25 percent. But it takes a lot of chewing each day to achieve that result.
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Why We Lie About Using Food Thermometers

Twenty percent of people say they often use a food thermometer — but they're probably lying. Used right, a thermometer is the best tool to make sure that food has been cooked long enough to be safe.
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Experimental Drug Melts The Fat Off Chunky Monkeys

The drug, given by injection, isn't going to be on pharmacy shelves anytime soon. But it has now been seen to work in five different species — from mice to monkeys. A human test of the drug is set to begin soon.
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How Soul Food Can Be Good For Your Health

Soul food has a rap as being too sweet and heavy. But in reality, the culinary traditions of the African diaspora offer just as many healthful eating options as those of Mediterraneans. That's the word from experts behind a new African Heritage Diet Pyramid, which puts eating guidelines into cultural context.

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