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Channeling Dragons To Parent Terminally-Ill Kids

Emily Rapp and her husband eagerly anticipated their baby's birth. But when their son Ronan was nine-months-old, he was diagnosed with a terminal disease. All of their plans suddenly felt inconsequential and they refocused their lives on being fierce, loyal and loving "dragon parents."

Americans Are Fat, And Expected To Get Much Fatter

More than three-quarters of Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020 if current behavior continues, new research days. Rates of diabetes would rise, too. That's bad news for cardiovascular health, despite the fact that people are doing better at avoiding smoking, and other risks.
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Smuckers Recalls Peanut Butter After Salmonella Scare

Smuckers is recalling jars of peanut butter that were distributed to the D.C. area in recent weeks that may be contaminated with salmonella.

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Meatless Monday: Moderation At The Dinner Table

Even as meaty holiday meals become the norm this month, there are some who are practicing the 'everything in moderation' mantra by opting to eat less meat.


Bird Flu Research Rattles Bioterrorism Field

At a recent conference, a Dutch scientist said he'd made bird flu virus highly contagious between ferrets — the animal model used to study human flu infection. Just five mutations did the trick. Security experts fear publishing the work could spur development of new weapons.

Feds Want To Make Farming Safer For Kids

The Labor Department has proposed changes that would outlaw farm kids under the age of 16 from driving tractors, branding cattle and handling pesticides. Family farmers are angry about the proposal and accuse the government of encroaching on a sacred part of country life. But statics show kids who work on farms are six times more likely to be killed than children working in other industries. Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media reports.

Bird Flu Experiment Rattles Bioterrorism Experts

Scientists are worried about the deadly bird flu called H5N1 which sometimes infects people. It's never acquired the ability to transmit easily between humans, but researchers would like to know if that could happen. Recently, they've essentially been altering the genes of H5N1 to make the virus spread more easily between lab animals — raising concerns about biosafety and how this research is regulated.

Why Brain Injuries Are More Common In Preemies

Each year more than 60,000 babies are born weighing less than 3.3 pounds. As scientists learn more about how brain injuries occur among these very premature infants, it could point the way to possible prevention and repair strategies.