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Are public health students guilty of "fatism"?

Health care workers are subject to the same human foibles as the rest of the population. But prejudice can get in the way of care, especially when it determines how a health professional decides to work with a patient...

April 16, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Researchers aim to prevent identity theft from medical records

Over time, patients end up providing a wealth of information to their health care providers, and when all our data are aggregated, they are also a boon to researchers studying trends in diseases and demographics for clues in how to better treat illness...

April 12, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

More evidence suggests Venus has recent volcanic activity

Venus, the closest planet to Earth in both size and proximity, remains a source of considerable mystery. Its reflective clouds prevent a clear view of the planet, and for centuries little was known about its surface and inner workings...

April 12, 2010 — John Matson
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Discoverer of "Lucy" raises questions about Australopithecus sediba, the new human species from South Africa

By now you've probably heard of Australopithecus sediba, the 1.95-million-year-old human species that made news on April 8. In a nutshell, researchers have found two beautifully preserved partial skeletons that they say represent a previously unknown member of the human family--one that may have given rise to our genus, Homo...

April 9, 2010 — Kate Wong

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