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The Steel-Driving Man and The Man of Steel

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a …

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A Musical Bridge to China

What do you get when you combine 150 singers from five American choral groups with an 55-piece/member Chinese orchestra and put them under the direction of  Virginia Commonwealth University conductor …

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The Health Insurance Crisis

The 41 million Americans without health insurance cost the nation between $65 and $130 billion dollars a year. A study by the Institute of Medicine concludes that people without health …

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Replay: The Obesity Epidemic

Since 1980, the number of obese adult Americans has doubled. And the number of overweight adolescents has tripled. Psychiatrist Cindy Bulik (Virginia Commonwealth University/ Medical College of Virginia) is researching the role …

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Bloodless Surgery and Stroke Prevention

More than 600,000 Americans suffer from stroke each year, enough to make the disorder the third leading cause of death in the United States. But new medicines are being developed …

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Smallpox and Community Shielding

It’s a disease that’s nothing short of terrifying. Highly contagious and disfiguring, smallpox once killed about 30 percent of those who fell victim to it. Health officials declared it eradicated …

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Bonds on the Ballot

This election day, Virginians will vote on a bond referendum that higher education officials hope will allow them to expand college and university facilities around the state. But is a …

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The Obesity Epidemic

Since 1980, the number of obese adult Americans has doubled. And the number of overweight adolescents has tripled. Psychiatrist Cindy Bulik (Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia) is researching the role genetics …

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Shaky Knees and Pain

It’s the danger that awaits female athletes. Its victims have included soccer great Michelle Akers and basketball players Rebecca Lobo and Sheryl Swoopes. The torn ACL is a devastating knee …

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Danger in the Air

It’s a disease that’s nothing short of frightening. Highly contagious and disfiguring, smallpox once killed about 30 percent of those who fell victim to it. Health officials declared it eradicated …

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Women and Depression

By some estimates women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. Researchers have posited numerous theories for the gender difference: a variance in brain structure, reproductive function, …

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Asthma and Synthetic Blood

Physicians often recommend that asthma sufferers get rid of their pets. But allergist Thomas Platts-Mills (University of Virginia) thinks in some cases that’s not what the doctor should order. A recent study …

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