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  • 3:55pm Feb 08, 2013
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    Science of Slumber: How Sleep Affects Your Memory

    We spend a lot of time sleeping (roughly one-third of our lives, according to the National Institutes of Health). But how much downtime do our brains really need? Experts discuss the links between sleep, memory and cognition, and why our sleep patterns change as we age.
  • Health researchers say the proportion of people in their late 40s to 60s with diabetes, hypertension or obesity has increased over the past two decades.
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    10:40am Feb 06, 2013
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    Aging Poorly: Another Act Of Baby Boomer Rebellion

    Many of them have cut out smoking, and rates of heart attack and emphysema have declined. But baby boomers are burdened with diabetes, hypertension and many other chronic conditions. Researchers say too little exercise and a rise in obesity threaten baby boomers' golden years.
  • Disinfecting robots at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore spray rooms with toxic doses of hydrogen peroxide to kill dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.
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    6:16pm Feb 03, 2013
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    Got A Superbug? Bring In The Robots

    Johns Hopkins Hospital is using disinfecting robots to kill dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in its hospital rooms. Since it began using the machines, the hospital has seen the number of untreatable infections fall by a stunning 64 percent.
  • A woman gets a sonogram
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    9:19am Jan 23, 2013
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    'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

    Journalist Carolyn Jones wrote about her experience with the law for The Texas Observer after having an abortion last year. The state requires that a woman seeking an abortion receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure.
  • Each strand of DNA is written in a simple language composed of four letters: A, T, C and G. Your code is unique and could be used to find you.
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    5:12pm Jan 18, 2013
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    Anonymity In Genetic Research Can Be Fleeting

    Researchers were able to identify 50 people whose DNA had been posted anonymously on the Internet for genetics studies. The results highlight a trade-off in making genetic data widely available for researchers and protecting personal privacy.
  • Dr. Tom Nary is the director of health services at Boston College.
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    7:54pm Jan 15, 2013
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    Colleges Try To Curtail Flu Risk For Students

    As students return to class from winter break, campus health official are trying to avert an outbreak. Colleges in Boston are especially worried after the mayor's declaration last week of a public health emergency in the city.
  • 1:03pm Jan 11, 2013
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    Getting A Handle On Why Fingers Wrinkle

    Why do your fingers get pruney after a long water bath? Only a handful of researchers (ever) have looked into the finger-wrinkling experience. Reporting in the journal Biology Letters, researchers make the case for finger wrinkles as treads — wet wrinkled fingers seem to grip better than wet smooth ones.
  • The active ingredient in Ambien stays in the body longer than thought, FDA officials say.
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    6:26pm Jan 10, 2013
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    Wake-Up Call: FDA Pushes Drugmakers To Weaken Sleeping Pills

    The active ingredient in many sleep aid medications like Ambien stays in the body longer than had been thought, which could leave people drowsy the next day. So the Food and Drug Administration is ordering pharmaceutical companies to change the labeling on drugs containing the ingredient zolpidem.