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Professional 'Guinea Pigs' Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

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One man died and five others were injured in a clinical trial in France this year. Trials like those depend on healthy people willing to take experimental medications in return for cash.

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What Is 'Natural' Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

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Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.

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Pregnant Women Are The 'Forgotten Victims' Of War

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Doctors and midwives may have fled. Getting to a clinic could be risky. Women have even been shot while giving birth.

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Can Baltimore Provide Addiction Treatment On Demand?

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Andrea Towson, who has used heroin off and on for 30 years, is eager to get treatment. "I just want to wake up and eat breakfast and be normal, no matter what that might be," she says.

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After A Long Day At The Computer Do You Have A Medical Problem?

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You're not alone if you feel a sting in your eyes and have blurry vision and neck pain after sitting in front of your computer for hours. But is there a name for your ailment?

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Working Past Retirement Benefits Your Health, Study Says

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Researchers from Oregon State University find that when healthy adults work one year past the typical retirement age of 65, they increase their odds of living longer.

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For Insomniacs, Behavioral Therapy Is Better Than Sleeping Pills

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If you have chronic insomnia, the American College of Physicians this week said that it's better treated with therapy than sleeping pills.

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A Glass Of Wine A Day May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

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A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds people with diabetes who drank a glass of wine with dinner had lower blood sugar and improved cholesterol compared with those who drank mineral water.

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Dance, Sing, Just 'Keep Moving,' Dick Van Dyke Tells Seniors

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As he approaches his 90th birthday, the energetic, award-winning actor shares his tips on how to enjoy aging — and has a new book to prove it. It's all about attitude and staying active, he says.

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Brains At Play: What Do We Know?

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Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play duck, duck, goose? We love it all. And we're not the only ones.

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Mediterranean Diet With Extra Olive Oil May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

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A study finds that women who ate a Mediterranean diet plus four tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil per day had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer compared with women on a low-fat diet.

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Your Pill Is Printing: FDA Approves First 3-D-Printed Drug

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The company that makes Spritam says the 3-D-printed pill dissolves quickly, even at the highest doses.

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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

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It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

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Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

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According to new research, vegetable farmers who clear away trees and wild vegetation from their fields aren't making their produce any safer to eat. But they are destroying animal habitats.

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Is The Resilience Of Millennials Underrated?

Last Updated by Maanvi Singh on

It's not uncommon to hear claims that young people these days have higher rates of mental health issues than in the past. But the data don't back that up. So how come millennials get a bad rap?

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