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The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

One of the most important medical advances may also be the simplest: hand-washing. It's the best defense against spreading disease. And its power was discovered long before anyone knew about germs.

A woman in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, hangs her laundry to dry in front of her home. Her family made the shelter out of tin and tarps on land where their home stood before a massive earthquake devastated the nation in 2010. An estimated 80,000 Haitians displaced by the quake remain in tents. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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In Haiti, Politics And An Earthquake Anniversary Collide

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The city of Des Moines, Iowa, sits on the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. The city's water works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in these waterways. iStockphoto hide caption

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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

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The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

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An artist's rendering of what Dearcmhara shawcrossi probably looked like in dinosaur times. Todd Marshall/University of Edinburgh hide caption

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Ancient Scottish Sea Reptile Not 'Nessie,' But Just As Cute

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Big Wins For 'Transparent' Make It Clear: TV's Undergoing A Revolution

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that looks at how municipal governments may regulate where and when signs are posted. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Sees The Signs — But Can They Stay?

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