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2:41pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Report First Cure Of HIV In A Child, Say It's A Game-Changer

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:35 pm

HIV particles, yellow, infect an immune cell, blue.
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Scientists believe a little girl born with HIV has been cured of the infection.

She's the first child and only the second person in the world known to have been cured since the virus touched off a global pandemic nearly 32 years ago.

Doctors aren't releasing the child's name, but we know she was born in Mississippi and is now 2 1/2 years old — and healthy. Scientists presented details of the case Sunday at a scientific conference in Atlanta.

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11:03am

Fri March 1, 2013
The Salt

Sugar's Role In Rise Of Diabetes Gets Clearer

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 10:12 am

A performer drinks a soda in Ahmedabad, India in 2010. A study found that rising diabetes prevalence in countries like India is strongly tied to sugar consumption.
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Robert Lustig wants to convince the world that sugar is making us very sick. And lately he's turned to an unconventional field – econometrics – to do it.

Lustig rounded up statisticians and epidemiologists to look at the relationship between food and diabetes risk. The paper, published this week in the journal PLoS One, found that the more sugar on the market in 175 countries, the higher the country's diabetes rate.

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9:56am

Fri March 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Health Insurers Brace For Consumer Ratings In Some States

Shopping for health insurance could get a little easier in some states this fall.
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This fall, health insurers in a few states will be seeing stars.

Not the celestial kind, but stars that reflect their scores on quality measures picked to help consumers make informed decisions when buying health coverage.

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7:27am

Fri March 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Mother's Death Tested Reporter's Thinking About End-of-Life Care

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 8:42 am

Charles Ornstein with his mother, Harriet Ornstein, on his wedding day, weeks after she was mugged in a parking lot and knocked to the pavement with a broken nose.
Randall Stewart Courtesy of Charles Ornstein

My father, sister and I sat in the near-empty Chinese restaurant, picking at our plates, unable to avoid the question that we'd gathered to discuss: When was it time to let Mom die?

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12:56am

Fri March 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Sacrificing Sleep Makes For Run-Down Teens — And Parents

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:00 am

Napping in class may be common, but it's also a sign that kids need more sleep.
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When NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health asked parents and caregivers in our new poll whether getting a good night's sleep is important, families overwhelmingly told us that sleep is a high priority.

But almost all said that it's difficult to pull off. And studies suggest this is especially true for teenagers.

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