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The Best Medicine

Laughter really is the best medicine. Neuroscientist James Olds (George Mason University) says laughter stimulates the immune system, which helps the body ward off disease, and it is just as essential for our mental …

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Replay: Improving Global Health

While some believe there’s a health-care crisis in the United States, many citizens of developing countries have no access to health care at all. Dr. Richard Guerrant (University of Virginia) has spent …

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Replay: Not Your Father’s P.E.

The field of physical education has gone through dramatic changes over the past 25 years. It’s even gotten a new name – kinesiology. While P.E. is still about getting people …

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Living Donor Transplants

Thousands of Americans who suffer from liver disease die each year while waiting for a transplant. It has been the case that these patients must wait for an organ donor …

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Alternative Health is a Healthy Alternative

Twenty years ago, seeking health care through acupuncture, meditation or another alternative therapy would have been almost unheard of in the United States. These days, it’s a big business and …

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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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Biological Timing and SARS

Inside every one of us is a set of biological clocks that regulates our bodily functions. A master clock inside the hypothalamus keeps track of the body’s various hormonal, digestive, …

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Improving Global Health

While some believe there’s a health-care crisis in the United States, many citizens of developing countries have no access to health care at all. Dr. Richard Guerrant (University of Virginia) has spent …

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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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Not Your Father’s P.E.

The field of physical education has gone through dramatic changes over the past 25 years. It’s even gotten a new name – kinesiology. While P.E. is still about getting people …

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