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Tragic Endings: Suicide and the Elderly

The rate of suicide among the elderly is 50 percent higher than that of the general population. And it continues to climb. For some people, suicide is becoming a ritualized …

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As a Matter of Fat: American’s Obession with Weight

Part I: For the first time in history, overweight Americans outnumber “normal-sized” ones. University of Virginia exercise physiologist Glenn Gaesser, author of Big Fat Lies, says dieting almost always promotes the very thing …

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Heal Thyself: Over-The-Counter Drugs and Alternative Medicines

Part I: With the explosion of over-the-counter drugs, consumers can treat dozens of illnesses that once required trips to the doctor. Dr. Graham Patrick, professor of pharmacology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical …

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Forever Young: New Medical Research to Live Longer, Better

Part I: University of Virginia biomedical engineer Paul Allaire discusses his development of magnetic bearings for use in heart pumps. The bearings improve blood flow and eliminate the need for mechanical lubricants that …