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What Happens When They Grow Up (Newsweek via MSNBC)

Teenagers and young adults are the emerging face of autism as the disorder continues to challenge science and unite determined families.

Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (US News and World Report)

Nineteen million Americans care for someone over age 75, typically a parent or a grandparent, who may or may not live with them. Often called "informal caregivers," these adult children or relatives provide 75 to 80 percent of all long-term care in the United States. Many struggle to find a living situation that gives parents both the assistance they need and the independence they desire.

Studies: Hospitals Could Do More to Avoid Infections (Washington Post)

Poor Hygiene, Operating Room Traffic, Antibiotic Use Are Cited

Infections acquired in hospitals, which take a heavy toll on patients, arise mainly from poor hygiene in hospital procedures, not from how sick patients were when they were admitted, according to three new studies.

'Morning After' Pill Goes on Sale OTC (Washington Post)

Three months after the Food and Drug Administration decided that emergency contraception should be available to women 18 and older without a doctor's prescription, the over-the-counter version of Plan B -- the "morning after" pill -- began appearing in drugstores nationwide last week. Manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals shipped the drug after repackaging it to meet federal labeling rules for OTC medications, but as of Friday, some Washington-area stores had yet to receive it.

In Study, Distance Running Is Tied to Skin Cancer Risk (New York Times)

Marathon runners may have an increased risk for skin cancer, a small study published Monday suggests, and excessive sun exposure and exercise-induced suppression of the body's immune system may be involved.