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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.
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    Secrets to Healthy Living From Harvard Doctors

    Harvard doctors know all the stats and studies about the benefits of healthy habits, but they also know that humans (including themselves) need some good old fashioned shortcuts to put those habits in actions. These doctors share their favorite tips and tricks.
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    Healthy Living from 2 to 12

    The Childhood Years: As your children grow, so do their medical needs. Plus: childhood obesity, and how to fight it.
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    Healthy Living From 13 to 18

    Health tips to help teenagers survive growing pains on their way to adulthood, and a look at the controversy over mental illness in developing brains.
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    Healthy Living From 19 to 34

    Think you’re invincible? Think again. A reality check for young adults on how to stay healthy and out of the ER -- if you do end up there, tips on how to protect yourself.
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    Healthy Living from 35 to 49

    Fifty is the new thirty -- but that doesn’t mean that as you age, you can live like a college kid. Follow these simple steps to help ensure that you thrive for years to come. Plus: when should women get screened for breast cancer?
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    Healthy Living From 50 to 65

    The new midpoint? Prepare for many more productive years by ensuring you get the tests you need (and skipping the ones you don’t). Plus: better bones through chemistry?
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    The Science of Healthy Living

    When it comes to health, we’re not living in the age of Too Much Information so much as the age of Not Quite Enough. Medical science has generated vast amounts of data and laypeople have more access to it than ever before. Look closely at that data, though, and it starts to seem disturbingly incomplete. We scoured the studies to find out exactly what you need at every age.
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    Keys to a Healthy Life

    When it comes to health, we're not living in the age of Too Much Information so much as the age of Not Quite Enough. Medical science has generated vast amounts of data and laypeople have more access to it than ever before, but look closely at that data, and it starts to seem disturbingly incomplete. We scoured the studies to find out exactly what you need at every age.
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    Healthy Living from 65 On

    The longer the human lifespan stretches, the more doctors understand about staying healthy and vibrant into the senior years. What you need to know to make sure that you live long and live well.
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    Europe's Trade in Illegal African Bushmeat

    Scientists estimate nearly 12,000 pounds of illegal bushmeat are smuggled into France from Africa every week, and the threat to endangered species is only getting worse.
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    FDA Recommends New Emergency Contraceptive

    On Thursday the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs voted to recommend the approval of a drug that can prevent pregnancy if taken up to five days after unprotected sex. The Food and Drug Administration will have the final say on whether the drug will be approved but the advisory committee supported the drug, slated to be called ella, despite debates about how exactly it works.
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    Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

    After thousands of hours of playing videogames (and a bout with a nasty cocaine addiction), Tom Bissell wants to argue that, yes indeed, gaming is an art form. We read his book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, so you don’t have to.
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    The Science of Aging Brains

    The myth of the doddering senior is just that. Scientists have disproved the notion that aging dulls one's wits. It turns out that not only are older brains wiser, they may be faster and smarter, too.
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    Quiz: Healthy Living for Every Age

    If you're familiar with the phrase, "You are what you eat", you know the first step to staying healthy is to eat the right foods and know how much is enough. Along with exercise, a healthy diet can help you lose weight, increase your stamina, ward off illness and reduce health risks. Not only will you feel more energetic, but you're also likely to avoid long stays at the hospital. Chronic illnesses result in a whopping 2.5 billion days of missed work each year, according the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and result in half of the healthcare expenditures in the U.S. Take this quiz to learn more about how you can stay healthy. To read more about staying healthy, see NEWSWEEK's "Healthy Living for Every Age".
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    The Environmental Legacy of the Gulf Oil Spill

    In 1974, the Chilean government decided not to clean up an oil spill along its southern coast. The result: a natural laboratory for testing oil’s environmental impact, and valuable lessons for the fate of the gulf.
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    Mothers Search for New Sources of Breast Milk

    After San Diego mother Sarah McNeill researched the health properties of breast milk, she wanted those benefits for her baby. “Just because he was adopted, my little one should not have to miss out on the antibodies and the health that breast milk provides,” she said. But McNeill wasn’t producing her own milk, so two months before her adopted baby was born she began searching for an alternate supply.
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    The Dilemma of Talented Children

    In all the uproar over the Sunderland family's alleged reality-TV contract, it sometimes sounded like, in search of a quick buck, teenage sailor Abby Sunderland's parents snatched her from in front of the Xbox, threw her on a sailboat, and forced her to sail around the world.
  • Bad Health Habits Blamed on Genetics

    Genes have a lot to tell us about our body and our health. But relying too closely on their message—much of which is still unknown—people may make poor choices.
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    It's Apple vs. Google in the New Phone Fight

    The computer industry is undergoing one of its periodic upheavals in which an aging platform is swept away and replaced by something newer, cheaper, and better. In this case, the victim is the personal computer.
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    All the World Speaks Globish

    The alumni of the vast people’s University of China are typical of the post–Mao Zedong generation. Every Friday evening several hundred gather informally under the pine trees of a little square in Beijing’s Haidian district, in the so-called English Corner, to hold “English conversation.”
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    No Sex, Please, We’re Soccer Players

    There's nothing hotter than a sweaty, well-muscled athlete, unless he's fresh off play at the World Cup and happens to be from Britain or Ghana. The only scoring those guys will be doing in the next month is on the field. Their countries reportedly have banned them from sex while they're playing in the tournament, for fear that they'll waste themselves on the wrong kind of action.
  • FDA Director on Cracking Down on Do-It-Yourself Genome Tests

    Fresh off sending stern letters to five consumer-genomics companies indicating that, as currently marketed, the companies’ tests will require clearance by the FDA, Alberto Gutierrez—the agency’s director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health—spoke to NEWSWEEK.
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    Personal Genomics Tests to Face Regulation

    The FDA has sent letters to five personal genomics companies outlining its intentions for regulation of direct-to-consumer tests, and if 23andMe thought it was having a bad week before, it's sure not going to be happy now.
  • Greene Threatens Sarah Palin as Worst Speaker in Politics

    Alvin Greene, the surprise Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina, has a way with words. It’s the way, though, of Sarah Palin and George W. Bush—a tortured relationship with the English language that prevents him from making his points, and that says to voters he may not be up to the job.
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    Apple iPad and iPhone Set to Outsell Macintosh

    Wonder why Steve Jobs has forsaken laptops and desktops in favor of mobile devices? By next year, the iPad and iPhone will generate more than double the revenue of the entire Macintosh product line.
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    Exploring High-Tech Ways to Run Faster

    A whole range of high-tech products has emerged to satisfy the hunger for greater speed. At the top of the technology food chain are altitude tents and masks, which pump oxygen-deprived air into a small space to trigger an adaptation in blood chemistry.
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    Don't Just 'Do Something'

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is desperate: millions of gallons of BP's crude are launching an amphibious assault on his beaches and wetlands. So let’s do the math: desperation + a pol’s "do something" mentality = a loony decision to build 14-foot sand berms.
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    Six Strange iPad Accessories

    We’ve been here before: the period right after a major gadget is released when strange doodads—like an entire bed made to complement the iPod—start to pop up.
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    Should We Clean Oiled Animals?

    Rescuers have cleaned hundreds of oily birds and turtles. But what are their long-term odds? Would euthanasia be more humane?
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    Drumbeats: The Tech Press Turns on Microsoft's Ballmer

    Microsoft has a problem—a big one. The problem is not just that its CEO, Steve Ballmer, has had a disastrous 10-year run. That’s been obvious for a while now, as I first pointed out last October in a piece titled “The Lost Decade—Why Steve Ballmer is no Bill Gates.”...
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    El Mercado Negro De Médicos

    La necesidad creciente de doctores hispanos y la dificultad de obtener una licencia médica en USA ha llevado a muchos latinoamericanos a ejercer la medicina ilegalmente
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    Hispanos: lo mismo no sirve para todos

    En las campañas de promoción de la salud, la diversidad es un factor esencial para acercarse a la comunidad Latina. Esta es una de las claves con las que trabajan varias organizaciones.
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    Black-Market M.D.s

    A growing need for Hispanic doctors and the challenges of obtaining an American medical license have many Latin America–trained doctors practicing illegally.
  • Natural-Gas Pipeline Explodes in Texas, but Energy Industry Remains Strong

    Earlier today, a natural-gas pipeline in Texas exploded, killing at least three people and injuring several others. It's a very bad blow to an industry currently crippled with a terrible public-perception problem: despite the limited success of the containment cap, the oil spill in the gulf continues to wreak havoc in the water and on the coastlines. But it's nothing the industry can't overcome.
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    Technology: Apple iPhone 4 Versus Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the new iPhone 4, and it’s a beauty—sleek, slim, with a forward-facing camera for doing video chats, a better screen, and longer battery life. So why is it playing catch-up to a Sprint phone that’s running Google Android?
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    Barriers to Health Care for Hispanics

    While millions of Americans of all backgrounds face the problem of being unable to access care because of a lack of insurance or inadequate coverage, Latinos are far more likely than people in other racial and ethnic groups to be unable to afford or get care when they need it.
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    How the Web Affects Your Brain

    The "Google makes us stoopid" argument is a perennial of modern life, and right now, it's in season. The most thorough take on the topic is Nicholas Carr’s new book, "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," but anyone who's been spending a lot of time surfing is probably going to be so distracted by e-mails and Facebook, etc., that he won't be able to finish the book.
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    What the Spill Will Kill

    Giant plumes of crude oil mixed with methane are sweeping the ocean depths with devastating consequences. ‘I’m not too worried about oil on the surface,’ says one scientist. ‘It’s the things we don’t see that worry me the most.’
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    More Bad News: Oil to Travel up the Atlantic Coast

    Using computer models of ocean currents, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, part of the Commerce Department, conclude that once the oil in the uppermost ocean has been picked up by the Gulf of Mexico's energetic Loop Current, it is likely to reach Florida's Atlantic coast within weeks.
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    AT&T Axes Unlimited-Data Plan

    Struggling to keep up with the pace of smart-phone adoption in the United States, AT&T announced that it will eliminate its unlimited-data plans for the devices and replace them with a two-tiered system.