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The Thinnest State Loosens Its Belt

Though Colorado is often held up as the model of a healthy lifestyle, the state isn't immune to the obesity crisis. One in four children is either overweight or obese. "This is a major problem," says one state health official. "We are far from setting the model of where we want to be."
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Hormonal Contraceptives May Raise HIV Risk For Men And Women

Previous research had suggested hormonal contraceptives could raise the HIV infection risk for women. This study is the first to show that the risk is heightened for their male partners.
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Surprise In Your Sewage: Lots Of Exotic Viruses

Scientists who looked at sewage in three cities around the world found 40,000 viruses, most of them previously unknown. But, happily, most of the viruses lurking in sewage don't pose a threat to human health.
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Drunken Driving Declines But Rates Remain 'Unacceptable'

Yearly episodes of people driving after drinking have declined 30 percent since peaking at 2006. More than 4 in 5 impaired-driving episodes involve men. Public health officials called for more use of sobriety checkpoints to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.
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Helping Kids Cope With Allergies

Fall means back-to-school, colder weather and allergy season. As part of Tell Me More's series on chronic conditions, the moms discuss their challenges in keeping kids with food or seasonal allergies safe. Michel Martin hears from regular contributor Jolene Ivey, nutritionist Janine Whiteson, and Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a physician at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago whose daughter has a peanut allergy.

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