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9:01am

Fri July 18, 2014
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Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 8:40 am

Texas gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Wendy Davis came to prominence when she opposed legislation restricting abortions. The bill eventually became law and is now blamed for the closure of abortion clinics across the state.
LM Otero AP

In a little over a year, the number of clinics that provide abortions in Texas fell to 20 from 41, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September.

Many clinics closed because of a requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of the clinic, and many doctors couldn't comply. The requirement took effect last November. This week marks the first anniversary of the state law that started it all.

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1:36am

Fri July 18, 2014
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Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 8:40 am

The CDC's director, Tom Frieden, testified before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday regarding a recent anthrax incident and lab safety improvements he is instituting.
AFP/Getty Images

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the hot seat.

It all started in mid-June, when the CDC announced that dozens of its scientists might have accidentally been exposed to anthrax.

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12:54pm

Thu July 17, 2014
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Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:57 am

Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, shown here in her home town of Twin Falls, Idaho, decided not to hide the insulin pump she wears to treat Type 1 diabetes during the pageant.
Photo illustration by Drew Nash/Courtesy of Times News

There she is, Miss Idaho. And there it is, the insulin pump attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition. Since posting the photo on social media on Monday, Sierra Sandison has become a new hero to the Type 1 diabetes community.

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8:26am

Thu July 17, 2014
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Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:44 pm

Many young scientists dream of their first trip to a remote research site — who wouldn't want to hang out with chimps like Jane Goodall, or sail to the Galapagos like Charles Darwin, exploring the world and advancing science?

But for many scientists, field research can endanger their health and safety.

In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.

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1:31am

Thu July 17, 2014
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Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:58 am

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

"The lion and calf shall lie down together," Woody Allen once wrote, "but the calf won't get much sleep."

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