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 Music Lessons Boost Brain Function, Learning Ability in Impoverished Kids    Shared Medical Appointments OK With Patients     Elderly Profit From Group Meetings & Home Visits    Can Sports Medicine Benefit Temperature-Sensitive Patients in Climate Change:"The Cooling Shirt"    Nigeria Hopes to Eradicate Polio Despite Insurgency   The D.I.Y. Medical Tester    Relationship Between Obesity and Exposure to Light at Night: Cross-Sectional Analyses of Over 100,000 Women in the Breakthrough Generations Study    NSAIDs [such as daily aspirin] May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence    Ebola Emergency & Experimental Drugs    Surge of Lawsuits Over Lipitor (atorvastatin) alleging that Pfizer knew of possible serious side effects...but never properly warned the public]    Religiosity Associated With Less Depression in Elderly: Study (also has an excellent 4th ¶ on how/why correlations found in research are not equivalanet to causations, a fact most popular reportage fails to distinguish)    Interim CDC Guidance for Polio Vaccination for Travel to and From Countries Affected by Wild Poliovirus    Interactive Back-to-School Health quiz    Commentary: Why Sex Differences in Basic Research Matter In the Clinic    Health Care Needs of Cancer Survivors in General Practice    the Neural Development of Trust and Cooperation    Cologuard™ [non-invasive Colorectal Cancer Screening    Olfactory Dysfunction as Familial Biomarker for Schizophrenia    India Declared Polio-Free, but Global Risks Persist  

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