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Brain Training Results In Older Adults Can Last For Years

A large scale study of older adults shows that specialized training in cognitive skills, like memory and reasoning, not only gets results, but the impacts can last up to 10 years.
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How Perverse Incentives Drive Up Health Care Costs

Medical treatment in the emergency room is expensive, but there's a perverse incentive at work which encourages EMS workers to send more people there. Medicare reimburses for 911 calls only if the patient is transported to the ER. A pilot program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City tries to keep patients from coming back to the ER.
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Concerns Raised Over Banks' Commodities Holdings

Regulators are scrutinizing big banks which control commodities like aluminum and oil. The Federal Reserve is considering restricting their ability to trade and warehouse physical commodities. But Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee suggested the Fed isn't moving fast enough on rules to prevent banks from exploiting their holdings at the expense of the public.
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Marine Who Got An 'Honorable Last Wish' Dies Of Cancer

Marine veteran Hal Faulkner has passed away. Last week we brought you the story of his dying wish, to get an honorable discharge six decades after he was expelled from the Marine Corps for being gay.
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Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

This variety of the drug has very little of the primary component that produces the high. Families have been moving to Colorado to get access to the therapy.
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Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold

Hybrids and battery-powered cars are all the rage, but some car companies are investing in an older technology: diesel. The newest vehicles are cleaner and more powerful, and some drivers report getting up to 50 mpg. So what's keeping U.S. customers from switching pumps?
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Sometimes A Perfect Stranger Is The Best Dinner Host

A new food trend gaining popularity in New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. But the food is often just an excuse for what can essentially be a really great party with a bunch of people you've never met.
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For A Better Bobsled, Team USA Turns To Race Cars

It's been 78 years since the U.S. brought home Olympic gold in the two-man bobsled event. After the last Winter Games, the Americans took a look at their aging sled — and decided to ditch it for a new BMW-designed one. Will it help them win gold?
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Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road

Raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits and attacking income inequality are all on the Obama administration's domestic agenda. And they all fall under the purview of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has only been on the job since July.
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Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area

The CDC says pregnant women should stick to bottled water until all traces of a coal-treatment chemical are gone from the local water supply.

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