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As lawmakers debate GOP healthcare bill, new study finds stripping people of insurance can be deadly

The number of Americans who die prematurely would rise by about 29,000 each year if the health reform plan put forth by Senate Republicans were to go into full effect, a new report suggests.

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Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider.

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To preserve mental acuity into old age, experts suggest focusing on these three things

Preventing the diseases we fear most as we age is rarely a sure or simple matter.

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Why are some eggs round and others pointy? It may have to do with how well a bird flies

It’s a mystery that goes back to the days of Aristotle, flummoxing biologists and mathematicians for centuries: Why do birds’ eggs come in so many different shapes and sizes?

Why are owl eggs almost perfectly round, while hummingbird eggs look like tiny watermelons? And why are still other eggs pointy, but only on one end?

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U.S. officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened.

Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except Alaska have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1975, when just 136 bears roamed in and around Yellowstone.

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Could Prozac be a treatment for children with autism?

After drinking mother’s milk spiked with the antidepressant Prozac for 19 days, infant mice bred to mimic the distinctive behaviors and brain abnormalities seen in autism experienced dramatic improvements in their social interactions, communication patterns and a wide range of neurochemical peculiarities that are a hallmark of the disorder, according to a new study.

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