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    Avoiding Breast-Cancer Mistakes

    Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the precursor to breast cancer, is identified much more often today, thanks to advances in imaging technology. But getting this diagnosis exactly right remains difficult.
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    What It Will Take to Keep the Well Capped

    BP has capped the leak, but troubling evidence has emerged that the cap might actually make the situation worse. The oil giant will have to keep a close eye on developments.
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    Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

    Face the fact: the fish are dying. Half popular history, half environmental manifesto, Paul Greenberg’s book exposes the dire straits of our favorite seafood. Solving the problem means more than just skipping the tuna sashimi. It’s going to take big politics, smart ocean management, and plain old restraint (no!) to forestall a tragedy of the commons.
  • Massachusetts Offers Preview of Obamacare

    If you want a preview of President Obama's health-care "reform," take a look at Massachusetts. In 2006, it enacted a "reform" that became a model for Obama. What's happened since isn't encouraging. The state did the easy part: expanding state-subsidized insurance coverage. It evaded the hard part: controlling costs and ensuring that spending improves people's health.
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    Fashionably Dangerous

    Corsets, cage crinoline petticoats, and foot binding have gone out of vogue, but some of the latest fashion trends are just as bad—if not worse—for your health. Here’s what you should know about the risks associated with everything from skinny jeans to the Brazilian wax.
  • Feds Losing Fight Against Artifact Theft

    Artifact theft is usually associated with developing or war-torn countries (think Iraq after the U.S. invasion). But in recent years America’s own ancient sites have become a target, with looters pilfering Native American bones, jewelry, and even pictographs hacked out of cave walls, and selling them in thriving online markets.
  • A Health-Care Showdown in Massachusetts

    Under President Obama’s new health-care law, regulators gained a radical power: the ability to define “unreasonable” premiums and reject them on state-level insurance exchanges. Because more than 24 million people nationwide are expected to depend on these markets for coverage by the end of the decade, Obama recently gave states $250 million to beef up their review efforts ahead of 2014, when the law goes into effect.
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    Apple’s Rotten Response

    I wonder if panic has started to set in at Apple yet. If not, it should. Because today’s hastily called news conference—ostensibly to discuss problems with iPhone 4 and how Apple intends to fix them—only did further damage to Apple’s reputation.
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    The Flying Prius

    The future of the passenger jet may look surprisingly like a larger version of the hybrid automobile.
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    'Pornland': How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

    Pornographers are no longer in the business of making love, says Gail Dines. Now they’re making hate. With more than 370 million Internet sites, it takes something pretty shocking to stand out. The result? Dines argues that “gonzo porn,” which is extreme, is graphic, and was once relegated to the fringes, is now mainstream. And it’s undermining the ways men and women approach sex.
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    In Apple's iPhone 4 Blunder, Form Trumped Function

    Steve Jobs is not an engineer, but he likes to think of himself as a world-class design guru. He believes he is not creating products but art. This is partly why Apple puts so much emphasis on the way things look. But this time around, I think Jobs got seduced by what seemed to be a really cool and clever design, and his engineers couldn’t talk him out of it.
  • Information Overload: Can Patients Decipher the Available Health-Care Data?

    A new Web site from the Obama administration offers valuable data on insurers and hospitals, but much of it may be confusing and overwhelming to average consumers. And the one category that may mean the most to them—patient satisfaction—is not always a good indicator of how well a hospital treats illnesses.
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    Microsoft's Bold Bid to Fix Health Care

    The more you look at the problems involved in overhauling our health-care system, the more hopeless they seem. But that is exactly what made Peter Neupert, a Microsoft millionaire and dotcom entrepreneur, want to try. “It is completely overwhelming,” he says.
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    Is Sitting While Autistic a Crime?

    Autism is a diverse condition, but one characterized by behaviors that can be misinterpreted as unusual and even disrespectful by law-enforcement officers trained to seek out those acting suspiciously. One activist is educating police so they can better serve citizens on the spectrum.
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    The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

    Malaria kills a million people a year, most of them kids and pregnant women. Why can’t we stop it? Here are some surprising conclusions—including pointed criticisms of current relief efforts as “quick fixes.” Plus, like the best infectious-disease lit, it’s a real creepfest.
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    Should the Pill Be Sold Over the Counter?

    The momentum created by emergency contraception’s over-the-counter status, health-care reform, and a mounting body of research on the safety of the birth-control pill may lead to big changes in access to it. Advocates think the pill could be available over the counter in five years, and their work offers a glimpse into what the future of American health care and medication might look like.
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    The Little Flaw in the Longevity-Gene Study That Could Be a Big Problem

    Remember that study in the journal Science from last week linking a whole bunch of genes—including unexpectedly powerful ones—to extreme old age in centenarians? NEWSWEEK reported that some of outside experts thought it sounded too good to be true, perhaps because of an error in the way the genes were identified that could cause false-positive results.
  • Cloud-Based E-mail Is a New Tech Battleground

    Cloud computing is the hot new buzzword in tech these days. But who knew the killer app for this brave new world would be plain old e-mail? Yet that is exactly what’s happening. “E-mail has become the easiest workload for customers to move to the cloud,” says Chris Capossela, a senior vice president at Microsoft.
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    British Scientists Cleared of 'Climategate'

    A third inquiry into the "climategate" e-mails—documents from a climate-research center that skeptics claimed proved global warming was a hoax—has cleared the scientists of any wrongdoing. But what exactly was the scandal?
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    How Intestinal Bacteria May Make You Fat

    A growing body of evidence suggests that it’s bacteria, not burgers, that might ultimately lead to obesity. But what does that mean for a nation battling an obesity crisis?
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    The Anti-Lesbian Drug

    Genetic engineers, move over: the latest scheme for creating children to a parent's specifications requires no DNA tinkering, but merely giving mom a steroid while she's pregnant, and presto--no chance that her daughters will be lesbians or (worse?) 'uppity.'
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    Apple's Fix for iPhone Woes

    Eight days after CEO Steve Jobs told a customer that it was a “nonissue,” Apple Inc. published a letter to iPhone 4 owners on its Web site acknowledging reception problems on its new models. But the company framed the issue as a matter of how signal strength is displayed, not poor design.
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    What We Can Learn From Mobile Health Care

    This RV could change the face of health care in America and solve one of the most pressing problems facing the new health-care-reform law: how to expand access while controlling costs.
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    Parents Oblivious to Overweight Kids

    As obesity rates hit record levels, a new study finds that many adults don’t recognize weight problems in their children. The consequences, for families and the country, can be severe.
  • Google News Adds Features to Customize Your News

    Yesterday afternoon, between celebrating the first Social Media Day and Amazon’s interesting purchase of Woot, Google launched several new features on its Google News aggregation page—the site's first major redesign since its 2002 launch.   ...
  • Google Softens on China's Censorship

    Google is willing to compromise, at least a little, if that means it can stay in China. Its latest policy changes will stop automatically redirecting Google China users to the uncensored Hong Kong site in hope of appeasing the Chinese government and its strict Internet censorship laws. China will decide today whether to accept the changes and allow Google to stay.
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    Spyware on Your Cell Phone?

    A decade ago the idea that anyone with little technical skill could turn a cell phone into a snooping device was basically unrealistic. Now a simple app can track you with a level of precision that only federal authorities were once capable of.
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    Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

    What makes us human—that we can speak? Love? Build atomic bombs? How about, instead, our never-failing ability to be wrong? Schulz explores what it means to err, but here’s the twist: screwing up actually makes us better, and embracing it is the best way to get life right.
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    A Combo Vaccine May Cause Seizures in Kids. But Why?

    Parents need not worry that the measles, mumps, and rubella injection will increase their children’s risk of autism, but kids given a vaccine that also protects against chicken pox have a slightly higher risk of developing febrile seizures, the scary if ultimately harmless phenomenon that accompanies a bad fever.
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    Can a Fetus Feel Pain? U.K. Report Says No.

    Fetuses at 24 weeks or less do not feel pain and exist in a state of "sedation" even afterward, according to a new British report. The finding contradicts the case for Nebraska's first-in-the-nation law, introduced in April, which bans abortion after 20 weeks—and is likely to come as a blow to America's anti-abortion lobby.
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    Doctors, Depression, and DNA

    Any given antidepressant tends to help only about a third of patients. Now a new DNA test may be able to predict what medication will be most effective based on gene variants. Sounds promising, but does it work?
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    The New Wireless Health-Care Market

    If you're in a hospital and your doctor wants to monitor you without being in the room, there's an app for that. There are also wireless pacemakers that allow doctors to keep track of your health over the Internet, as well as all types of sensors that check your vital signs and can be transmitted to a smart phone or laptop.
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    The Case Against Experts

    As expert advice becomes more and more accessible, why aren’t our lives any better? It turns out that many studies are flawed, research is contradictory, and people are greedy. Here’s how to sort the good from the bad.
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    The Oil Spill's Worst-Case Scenario?

    As oil continues to flow from the top of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, concerns are brewing over potential leaks at the bottom—as in, below the sea floor. According to some observers, such leaks could present a new “worst-case scenario” for the disaster, which has now stretched past its second month.
  • Study: Folic Acid Doesn't Cut Heart-Attack Risk

    When will we ever learn? Over and over, experts tell us, and the media reports, that people who engage in behavior X (let’s say it’s making paper dolls in their spare time) have a lower rate of disease Y (heart attacks, say) than people who do not make paper dolls. Inside the latest example of the problem with observational studies.
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    Dating Site Creates Online Sperm and Egg Bank recently launched a fertility introduction service to help make this a better looking world. The site, with more than 600,000 members around the globe, says their virtual fertility forum will allow attractive donors to find someone who matches their “procreation interests.”
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    The server at Otarian, the new vegetarian fast-food chain that bills itself as “the planet’s low-carbon restaurant,” was trying to persuade a customer to try the “Choc O Treat.” “It’s sooo good, it’s chocolatey, and it comes in this pretty lavender paper!” he enthused. The Choc O Treat is not “sooo good”—it’s sooo dense, without being terribly chocolatey. But the point of Otarian isn’t really the food. It’s the wrapping.
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    If You Could Live Forever, Would You Want To?

    We want a good long life. We also want a good quality of life. It’s hard to see how members of our species could have both for very long, especially as the number of living humans increases on a planet with finite resources.
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    How to Survive When You Become a Caregiver

    Once, turning 50 meant a new kind of freedom: kids grown, finances secure, and time freed. But now many adults find themselves responsible for an elderly parent. Unprepared, unsupported, and undervalued, how can caregivers keep it together? Gail Sheehy investigates.
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    The Surprising Toll of Sleep Deprivation

    How much sleep is enough? Is how sleepy you feel a good judge of whether or not you are getting enough sleep? If you get less sleep than some ideal amount but you feel fine, could you be damaging your health anyway? As it turns out, a restless night doesn’t just leave you sluggish. Not getting enough sleep can have devastating effects on your heart, your weight, and your brain.