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When something goes wrong at the hospital, who pays?
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When something goes wrong at the hospital, who pays?

Whether because of mistakes, infections or plain bad luck, those who go in don’t always come out better.

When students become patients, privacy suffers
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When students become patients, privacy suffers

Weaknesses in state and federal laws — and the often-conflicting motives of students, parents, and college officials — have left patient privacy vulnerable when students receive medical treatment on campus.

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The controversy that's rocking the world of competitive curling

Top players are concerned that "directional fabric" on curling brooms makes it too easy to control the direction of the sliding rock.

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In tracking outbreaks of food poisoning, can Yelp help?

Yelp’s usefulness for epidemiologists is going to depend a lot on how it handles food poisoning complaints down the road.

Communities come together to increase college-going from the ground up
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Communities come together to increase college-going from the ground up

Business, civic coalitions pick up where the federal and state governments fall short.

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Inside the spaceflight of 'The Martian'

A look at the real-life science of the spacecraft and mission in the book and movie.

How some Alabama hospitals quietly drug test new mothers
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How some Alabama hospitals quietly drug test new mothers — without their consent

In Alabama, a positive drug test can have dire repercussions for pregnant women and new mothers. Their newborns can be taken from them. They can lose custody of their other children.

A Minnesota woman’s tireless campaign to crack a decades-old cold case
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A Minnesota woman’s tireless campaign to crack a decades-old cold case

When a retired police officer told Deb Anderson about the Jane Doe in her small town of Blue Earth, she couldn’t believe someone could die unidentified.

Hospitals push physicians to improve their bedside manners
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Under pressure, hospitals push physicians to improve their bedside manners

Payment initiatives and increasing patient expectations are slowly forcing changes, encouraging doctors to be better listeners and more sensitive to patients’ needs.

When big data becomes bad data
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When big data becomes bad data

Even a seemingly neutral price model can potentially lead to inadvertent bias — bias that's hard for consumers to detect and even harder to challenge or prove.

People are still living in FEMA’s toxic Katrina trailers
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People are still living in FEMA’s toxic Katrina trailers — and they likely have no idea

In the oil fields of Alexander, North Dakota, people had, at best, only a dim memory of hearing something bad about the trailers on the late night news.

Wisconsin joins national push to curb solitary confinement
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Wisconsin joins national push to curb solitary confinement

Prisoner advocates praise the new policies but continue to push for ending severe isolation, which many liken to torture.

New grape breeds reduce the chill for northern U.S. vineyards
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New grape breeds reduce the chill for northern U.S. vineyards

The Northern Grapes Project is trying to grow wine grapes where summers are short and winters brutal. Scientists who are breeding the grapes say the wine is improving every year.

'Stay far, far away' and other things gleaned from Yelp health reviews
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'Stay far, far away' and other things gleaned from Yelp health reviews

Though Yelp has become synonymous with restaurant and store reviews, an analysis of its health profiles shows some interesting trends.

Human activity forces dolphins and whales to shout
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Human activity forces dolphins and whales to shout

The oceans are not silent. In fact, they are louder than ever. And that, scientists believe, is a problem.

A flight test body for a B61-12 nuclear weapon
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Is this America's newest nuclear bomb, or simply a modernization of the old?

The U.S. government doesn’t consider the B61-12 to be new – simply an upgrade of an existing weapon. But some contend that it is far more than that.

The $150 million question: What does federal regulation really cost colleges?
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The $150 million question: What does federal regulation really cost colleges?

The answer: No one knows the price of government red tape, including the government.

Popular blood thinner causing deaths, injuries at nursing homes
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Popular blood thinner causing deaths, injuries at nursing homes

The dangers of the widely used Coumadin have drawn relatively little scrutiny, perhaps because the drug has clear benefits.

What we can learn from the Katrina children who thrived after disaster?
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What we can learn from the children who thrived after Hurricane Katrina

Social scientists hope that studying thriving young Katrina survivors will give them insights into the recovery process for adolescents as well as into the long-term effects of disasters on children.

bike riders seek safe space on city streets
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Collision course: With wary eye on big trucks, bike riders seek safe space on city streets

Heavy trucks make up a fraction of the vehicles on the road, but they are involved in a disproportionate share of accidents that kill bicyclists and pedestrians.