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Replay: Leaded Gasoline and Big Business: A Poisonous Combination

In the early 1920s, scientists working for General Motors made a discovery they believed could eliminate the engine knock that plagued early automobiles. By adding lead to gasoline, they were …

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The History of Fat

We are a culture obsessed with weight, barraged with messages to thin down and images of the fit and trim. But fat did not always mean flawed. The painful bustles …

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Thinking Visually: The Talents of Dyslexics

Few disorders are more common—and more misunderstood—than dyslexia. Recent research suggests the regions of the brain associated with visual and spatial thinking are larger in dyslexics, while regions responsible for …

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Asthma and Synthetic Blood

Physicians often recommend that asthma sufferers get rid of their pets. But allergist Thomas Platts-Mills (University of Virginia) thinks in some cases that’s not what the doctor should order. A recent study …

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Leaded Gasoline and Big Business: A Poisonous Combination

In the early 1920s, scientists working for General Motors made a discovery they believed could eliminate the engine knock that plagued early automobiles. By adding lead to gasoline, they were …

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“Smart Bombs” in the Cancer War

Radiation and chemotherapy are traditional weapons in the fight against cancer. John Roberts (Virginia Commonwealth University) says promising research is underway at the Massey Cancer Center that should help doctors take more …

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The History of Fat

We are a culture obsessed with weight, barraged with messages to thin down and images of the fit and trim. But fat did not always mean flawed. The painful bustles and corsets of …

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Mind and Matter: Neurological Disorders of the Elderly

Four million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; it is estimated that that number will increase fivefold in the next 50 years. Neurologist James Bennett (University of Virginia) discusses new research …

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

In 1997, Oregon voters approved the Death with Dignity Act, which allows doctors to help the terminally ill hasten their deaths. While other states have considered such a law, none …

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Medicine for the Millenium

Increasingly Americans are turning to people other than MD’s to cure their aches and pains. Is there a place in health care for these practitioners of alternative therapies? Can MD’s …

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Attention Deficit Disorder: A Treatment Dilemma

An estimated 5 percent of American children and some 6 million American adults are affected by Attention Deficit Disorder. What causes this disorder? And what’s the best way to treat …

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Aging in Rural Virginia

Too often older Americans suffer the ravages of illnesses and even dementia without knowing there are remedies. Anita Heisterman (University of Virginia)and Susan Garrett (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) evaluate the efforts of …