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1:22pm

Mon November 12, 2012
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Georgia Immigration Law Trips Up Doctors And Nurses

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:39 am

Workers in the Georgia secretary of state's office have fallen behind on licensing applications for nurses.
Jim Burress WABE

Hundreds of health care workers in Georgia are losing their licenses to practice because of a problem created by a new immigration law in the state.

The law requires everyone — no matter where they were born — to prove their citizenship or legal residency to renew their professional licenses.

With too few state workers to process the extra paperwork, licenses for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals are expiring.

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1:29am

Mon November 12, 2012
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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 12:17 pm

Chinese schoolchildren during lessons at a classroom in Hefei, east China's Anhui province, in 2010.
STR AFP/Getty Images

In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math class.

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12:32pm

Fri November 9, 2012
Health

Election Means Health Care Law Keeps Moving Forward In Colorado

David Goehring Flickr - Creative Commons

The election results put an end to the threat of a Republican repeal of the health care law, but not to the public’s emotional response to it.

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10:37am

Fri November 9, 2012
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How Changing Visual Cues Can Affect Attitudes About Weight

Pictures like these helped British researchers gauge people's attitudes about weight.
Courtesy of Martin Tovee

With most Americans fat or fatter, you'd think we'd be lightening up on the anti-fat attitudes.

Alas, no. Even doctors often think their overweight patients are weak-willed.

But changing negative attitudes about body size might be as simple as changing what you see. When women in England were shown photos of plus-sized women in neutral gray leotards, they became more tolerant.

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1:19am

Fri November 9, 2012
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Experimental Malaria Vaccine Disappoints, But Work Continues

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 10:59 am

A mother dresses her baby after doctors examined him during the malaria vaccine trial at the Walter Reed Project Research Center in Kombewa in Western Kenya in October 2009.
Karel Prinsloo AP

The public health world has waited for the results for more than a year. After a half-billion dollars in R&D, would the front-runner malaria vaccine protect the top-priority targets: young infants?

The results are disappointing. The vaccine — called RTS,S for its various molecular components — reduced infants' risk of malaria by about a third.

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