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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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Medical Promises

In laboratories throughout the Old Dominion, researchers are working to solve some of the most vexing medical problems. We draw them from their labs to the microphone for an explanation …

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Replay: Thinking Visually: The Talents of Dyslexics

Few disorders are more common—and more misunderstood—than dyslexia. Recent research suggests the regions of the brain associated with visual and spatial thinking are larger in dyslexics, while regions responsible for …

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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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Pet Therapy

Sandra Barker (VCU) is the director of a new center at the Medical College of Virginia studying the health benefits to humans of interacting with companion animals. One of the services …

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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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Walking Away From Diabetes

More than 10 million Americans are at high risk of developing diabetes and 60 million are already afflicted. The numbers are especially alarming for minority populations in the United States. …

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Replay: Leaded Gasoline and Big Business: A Poisonous Combination

In the early 1920s, scientists working for General Motors made a discovery they believed could eliminate the engine knock that plagued early automobiles. By adding lead to gasoline, they were …

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The History of Fat

We are a culture obsessed with weight, barraged with messages to thin down and images of the fit and trim. But fat did not always mean flawed. The painful bustles …

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Thinking Visually: The Talents of Dyslexics

Few disorders are more common—and more misunderstood—than dyslexia. Recent research suggests the regions of the brain associated with visual and spatial thinking are larger in dyslexics, while regions responsible for …

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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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