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    Can You Really Trust At-Home Tests?

    Ancient Egyptians relied on a pregnancy test that was roughly 70 percent accurate: if a woman urinated on grain seeds and they grew—thanks to high levels of estrogen and progesterone in her urine—she was probably pregnant. Today, people still place a high premium on diagnosing themselves from the comfort of their own bathrooms.
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    Will Soda Taxes and Fast-Food Bans Fix Obesity?

    While government agencies, businesses, and private institutions are all looking for ways to battle the obesity crisis, no one has yet figured out successful interventions that both improve health and save money, and programs being implemented are often untested.
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    Why Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks Are So Risky

    “Blackout in a can.” That’s what kids call the fruity caffeinated-alcohol drinks that offer a cheap, fast way to get drunk and party all night. As safety concerns grow, so does the pressure to pull these potent products from store shelves. Oklahoma, Washington, Utah, and Michigan recently banned the drinks. Beverage retailers in Indiana are lobbying their state to do the same; Pennsylvania has asked state-run liquor stores to voluntarily stop selling them. Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the FDA to finish its yearlong investigation into the drinks’ safety.
  • Who Owns Our Genes?

    Women at risk for hereditary breast cancer—caused by two telltale genetic mutations—should be closely watching a gene-patent case under appeal in U.S. courts. At stake: who owns our genes.
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    Your Online Data Might Not Belong to You

    Since the beginning of the internet era it has been pretty widely accepted that when you join an online service, whatever data you put into it belongs to you.
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    The Junk-Food Diet and Other Food Stunts

    Can human beings subsist on junk food alone? What about just potatoes for two months straight, or only meat for an entire year? A look at impressive dietary stunts.
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    Obama's Web Troops Have Gone AWOL

    What happened to the Netroots? That’s what I’ve been wondering ever since the Republicans routed the Democrats last week. Two years ago, a lot of people—myself included—really believed that all those online activists who helped elect Barack Obama were going to stick around and support him as he pushed through a sweeping list of progressive measures.
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    Why It's Hard to Do Marijuana Research

    Voters in several states said no to more-liberal marijuana laws. But for scientists, restrictive pot policy could be keeping them from better understanding how the drug works on our brains and bodies.
  • Cost of Long-Term Care Rises

    The costs of nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities continue to rise significantly, according to the Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs conducted by insurance provider MetLife.
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    The Biggest Questions About HRT Answered

    Almost no topic in modern medicine has been as controversial or confusing as hormone-replacement therapy. The issue got even more confusing last week thanks to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association and based on data collected for the ongoing federal Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) that found that women taking estrogen and progesterin had an increased risk of breast cancer. Here, the answers to the eight questions asked most often.
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    What Premature Births Can Teach Us About Autism

    Every year approximately 12.9 million babies are born too early. Despite a heroic, costly, and decades-long effort by doctors and scientists to understand and prevent preterm birth, that number has climbed steadily for the past three decades.
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    What the Internet Knows About You

    Imagine that a company could use the Web to rate your health, your employability—even your dating appeal. Welcome to the credit score of the future.
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    10 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

    The landscape of personal data mining and exploitation is shifting faster than ever; trying to protect your online privacy alone is like trying to build your own antivirus software—really, really difficult.
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    A Look at the Man Behind Intel

    If not for Ted Hoff’s curiosity, we’d all be using typewriters to text our BFFs. OK, not quite. But it’s hard to overstate how much Hoff’s invention changed the world, even if he downplays the impulse that led to the first mass-produced microprocessor.
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    What's Wrong With Silicon Valley Libertarianism?

    If you’ve seen "The Social Network," you may have caught a glimpse of Peter Thiel. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, putting up $500,000 to finance the site’s original expansion in 2004.