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8:03am

Fri August 24, 2012
NPR News Investigations

Before Reaching War Zones, Troops Risk Concussions

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 5:47 pm

Staff Sgt. Ronald Sherwood practices a maneuver on Sgt. 1st Class Darwin Scriber at the U.S. Army Combatives School at Fort Benning, Ga. The school trains instructors who will teach recruits hand-to-hand combat. Most of the student instructors have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pouya Dianat for NPR

7:33am

Fri August 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Hospitals Bank 'Liquid Gold': Human Breast Milk

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:59 am

Ashley Beecher, 29, and her daughters Annie (on lap) and Charlie. After feeding Annie, Beecher donates her extra supply to the human milk bank at Texas Children's Hospital.
KUHF

When Ashley Beecher had her first daughter, nursing was a struggle, and she sometimes had to supplement her baby's diet with formula. But when she had her second daughter in January, it was a very different story.

"Very early on I noticed [that] I've got so much more milk than what this child is drinking," said Beecher, a 29-year-old Houston mom, who started expressing her milk and storing it in plastic bags in her freezer. "There's probably, I would say, estimated around 50 bags containing six ounces of milk in each one and that's just what I have right now."

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2:30pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Tattoo Ink Linked To Serious Skin Infections

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:58 am

Along with a tattoo, this person got an infection.
A. Kalus CDC

If you're going to take a walk on the wild side and get a tattoo, it could get even wilder than you planned.

Federal and state health investigators have identified five clusters of skin infections linked to tattoos.

Now it's true that infection risks from tattoos are not exactly new or unknown. In fact, tattoo parlors are licensed and regulated in many jurisdictions to minimize the risk of trouble for people getting "inked."

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6:07am

Thu August 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Even In Vacation Season, Office Noises Can Sap Your Concentration

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 9:48 pm

What's all that racket?
iStockphoto.com

In offices around the country, the ranks of workers are pretty thin as people grab their last moments of summer vacation.

For those of us left to toil in our cubicles, the absence of disruptions might seem like a help for productivity. So why is it still so hard to focus?

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4:28pm

Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Officials Say West Nile Outbreak Could Be Worst Ever In U.S.

A map that shows where West Nile cases have been reported. Note that areas shaded white have seen no virus activity.
CDC

As cases of West Nile virus continue to increase, authorities warned today that this could turn out to be the worst outbreak since the virus first showed up in the United States in 1999.

The New York Times reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still unsure about "where and how far" the disease will spread, but so far there have been 1,118 cases and 41 deaths reported.

The Times adds:

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