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Food companies have begun quietly reducing salt in regular foods because low-salt items like these don't sell as well. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Big Food And The Big, Silent Salt Experiment

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Older women on a diet don't need to stop eating out; they just may need to make wiser food choices to keep weight off. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Boomer Women Prove They Can Dine Out And Still Lose Weight

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Laurel Fontaine, 16, (left) and her twin sister Heather. When Laurel was 11 years old, she suffered a stroke that destroyed 80 percent of the left side of her brain. The singing therapy helped her regain the ability to speak. Ellen Webber for NPR hide caption

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Singing Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Speak Again

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New Cigarette Labels Are Gruesome On Purpose

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