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2:02am

Mon September 3, 2012
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Can We Learn To Forget Our Memories?

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 5:06 pm

Research shows that under certain circumstances, we can train ourselves to forget details about particular memories.
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Around 10 years ago, Malcolm MacLeod got interested in forgetting.

For most people, the tendency to forget is something we spend our time cursing. Where are my keys? What am I looking for in the refrigerator again? What is that woman's name?

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2:30pm

Fri August 31, 2012
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Thalidomide Maker Apologizes After More Than 50 Years

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 12:22 pm

You've probably heard of thalidomide, the infamous sedative that ended up causing birth defects in the children of mothers who took it.

Back in the late 1950s, the drug was sold in 46 countries, though not the U.S., and was particularly popular in then-West Germany, the U.K. and Australia. But in 1961, the drug was taken off the market after the link to birth defects emerged.

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9:47am

Fri August 31, 2012
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So You Want To Be A Disease Detective?

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 2:46 pm

Disease detective Dr. Barbara Knust suits up to investigate an Ebola outbreak in Uganda last month. Knust chatted on Twitter last Wednesday about her career tracking down outbreaks for the Centers of Disease and Prevention.
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6:46am

Fri August 31, 2012
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Tax Breaks For Organ Donors Aren't Boosting Transplant Supply

A kidney donor is wheeled to an operating room for a transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in late June.
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Seventeen states offer tax incentives to people who donate a kidney, a portion of their liver or bone marrow for transplantation. But a study finds these sweeteners aren't working.

Researchers looked at what happened in the years before and after these tax incentives were passed and found no increase in organ donation rates.

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1:55pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Small 'Button Batteries' Pose Big Risks For Kids

Button batteries like these can pose a risk to kids who swallow them.
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Chances are you have a bunch of gizmos at home that contain button batteries, those sleek coin-size power sources that pack an electronic punch.

Batteries like these can keep your TV remote or a child's toy up and running for months. And with more gizmos, there are more of these batteries kicking around.

The ready supply of batteries poses a safety risk, it turns out.

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