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It was Christiane Benson's diagnosis with juvenile Batten disease in 2008 that inspired her parents to start the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation and to develop the universal carrier screening test. Courtesy of Charlotte Benson hide caption

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Youth In Nursing Homes Seek Alternative Care

Young people are a growing percentage of nursing home residents. But despite alternatives for long-term care, many remain in nursing facilities.

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