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Help Wanted: Last Pediatrician On Mendocino Coast Retires

For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.
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A Sea Lion's First Date At Smithsonian's National Zoo

Zookeepers at the National Zoo are excited to be introducing a a new male sea lion named Jetty to the population — the hope is he can get some needed genetic diversity to their harem.

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New Tactics In The Anti-Abortion Movement

Abortion opponents seek details on women who get abortions and the doctors who perform them. Several states have moved to cut Planned Parenthood funding even for clinics without abortion services. Join us to discuss new tactics in the anti-abortion movement.

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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.
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Illicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier

U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.
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In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges

There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.
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Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.
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Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.
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The Science of Resilience and How it Can Be Learned

It's estimated that 90 percent of us will experience at least one traumatic event during our lifetime. A look at why some people bounce back better than others and how resilience can be learned.

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How Do We Treat Early Stage Breast Cancer? A New Study Revives The Debate

About 60,000 American women a year are diagnosed with a kind of early stage breast cancer known as D.C.I.S. A new study is reviving the debate over whether to aggressively treat it. We look at the latest research and what it means for patients.

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