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3:12pm

Wed February 27, 2013
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How Guinea Pigs Could Help Autistic Children

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:18 am

A guinea pig does its part for science and human relations by sitting on the lap of an autistic child.
Erin Burnett Courtesy of Maggie O'Haire

Feeling a little awkward? Consider skipping the alcohol and grabbing a pet instead.

As any dog walker knows, it's easy — unavoidable, even — to strike up conversations with strangers when accompanied by a canine friend. Smaller animals like rabbits and turtles can also lubricate social interactions.

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11:59am

Wed February 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Sift For Clues On SARS-Like Virus

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 2:40 pm

A new coronavirus looks a lot like its cousin SARS under the microscope, but it appears they're quite different when it comes to contagiousness.
NIAID/RML

Ever since a previously unknown virus killed a Saudi Arabian man last summer, scientists from around the globe have been trying to figure it out.

On Wednesday, two of the researchers who helped identify the virus shared fresh details about recent cases, including some ideas about how people catch it.

The session was part of an annual research meeting on biodefense and emerging diseases put on by the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C.

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10:00am

Wed February 27, 2013
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When Sizing Up Childhood Obesity Risks, It Helps To Ask About Random Kids

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:17 am

A poll needs to ask about randomly selected children in households across the country to bring context to what's happening with kids like 7-year-old Henry Condes in Los Angeles.
David Gilkey NPR

To understand the challenges around childhood obesity in the U.S., you need to take a close look at the lives of children and the households in which their habits are formed.

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, where I'm a researcher, created a unique poll to do that.

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1:35am

Wed February 27, 2013
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Younger Women Have Rising Rate Of Advanced Breast Cancer, Study Says

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 6:19 am

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Researchers say more young American women are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.

It's a newly recognized trend. The numbers are small, but it's been going on for a generation. And the trend has accelerated in recent years.

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1:04am

Wed February 27, 2013
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In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:18 am

Yvonne Condes helps her son Alec get ready for baseball practice.
David Gilkey NPR

Most families know that their kids need to exercise. In a poll that NPR recently conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, practically all of the parents surveyed said it's important for their kids to exercise. But about one-third of them said that can be difficult.

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