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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.
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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?