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Some parents have worried that kids get too many vaccinations too quickly. A review of all the available research suggests those concerns are misplaced. Dmitry Naumov/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Members of the boys basketball team from Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, celebrate their 2012 state championship victory. Psychological research shows that sports camaraderie improves teenagers' mental health. Charles Pulliam/AP hide caption

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Dr. Jame Abraham used positron emission tomography, or PET, scans to understand differences in brain metabolism before and after chemotherapy. Dr. Jame Abraham hide caption

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Dr. Jame Abraham

According to a study published in Pediatrics, boys are entering puberty six months to two years earlier than they did in past studies. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Like Girls, Boys Are Entering Puberty Earlier

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Fraud victims are more likely to have opened official-looking sweepstakes notices and other mailings. A new study says the elderly are more susceptible than the young to being swindled. Allen Breed/AP hide caption

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Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

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In the U.K.-based program called Txt2stop, researchers sent smokers encouraging text messages, like the one above, to help them quit. Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR hide caption

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Employees at at Salo, a Minneapolis-based financial consulting firm, walk while working on treadmill desks. The firm offers treadmill desks for employee use and encourages an active workplace environment. Salo LLC hide caption

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Can You Move It And Work It On A Treadmill Desk?

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Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks like this one. A study finds that some people can be reinfected many times with the bacteria that cause the disease. Lauree Feldman/Getty Creative Images hide caption

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Recurring Lyme Disease Rash Caused By Reinfection, Not Relapse

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A tiny bacteriophage virus can cripple the bacteria that cause troublesome acne on teens' skin. Charles Bowman/University of Pittsburgh hide caption

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Doctors Strike Mutating Bacteria In Teen Acne Battle

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More elderly drivers will hit the road in the next decade, but family members wonder: When is it time for elderly loved ones to move to the passenger seat? Martin Novak/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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When Should Seniors Hang Up The Car Keys?

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Doctors may recommend that obese patients use weight-loss drugs to trick their hunger pangs. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Eating low-glycemic foods, or foods that take longer to digest, may help you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Robyn Mackenzie/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Low And Slow May Be The Way To Go When It Comes To Dieting

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Mammograms may pose a particular risk to women with genetic mutations that predispose them to breast cancer. Bill Branson/National Cancer Institute hide caption

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Sleepless Nights May Put The Aging Brain At Risk Of Dementia

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