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    Are We Running Out of Antibiotics?

    As more bacteria become resistant to the most powerful drugs in our arsenal, new weapons are getting harder and harder to find. Why we need to change the way we think about treating infection.
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    Can You Be Allergic to Your Cell Phone?

    Allergies can develop when young bodies come into contact with a new substance, and an increasing number of kids have early exposure to tech tools and “adult” products that can lead to a lifetime of reactions.
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    Low-Cost Health Care Available for Artists

    Katherine Edmonson, a singer and songwriter in Austin, Texas, is finding her career on the upswing. Previously, she played regular gigs in bars and restaurants around Austin, but she has graduated to playing shows at music venues and theater spaces throughout the city. But even as she finds more success, she’s still trying to make ends meet.
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    Jane Fonda's Return to Fitness

    The actress’s latest foray into the world of fitness is directly related to aging. She reasons that young people can choose to work out or not, but that exercise becomes mandatory when people age.
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    Could a Virus Cause Chronic-Fatigue Syndrome?

    Since the illness first surfaced in the U.S. in the ’80s, chronic-fatigue patients have endured skepticism from doctors, who have not known what to make of a constellation of symptoms that has no known cause, no diagnostic test, and no specific treatment.
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    Can We Blame Extreme Weather on Climate Change?

    To those who are convinced that the science of global warming is sound, as well as to those on the fence, the refusal of climate scientists to attribute any single episode of extreme weather to greenhouse-induced climate change has been either exasperating … or suspicious.
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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.