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6:01pm

Wed February 5, 2014
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Seeing Less Helps The Brain Hear More

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 8:23 pm

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A few days in the dark can improve an animal's hearing, scientists report this week in the journal Neuron. This temporary loss of visual input seems to trigger favorable changes in areas of the brain that process auditory information, they say.

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12:07pm

Wed February 5, 2014
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An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:43 pm

Dennis Aabo Sorensen tests a prosthetic arm with sensory feedback in a laboratory in Rome in March 2013.
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11:20am

Wed February 5, 2014
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Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:04 am

The brain edits memories of the past, updating them with new information. Scientists say this may help us function better in the present. But don't throw those photos away.
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Think about your fifth-birthday party. Maybe your mom carried the cake. What did her face look like? If you have a hard time imagining the way she looked then rather than how she looks now, you're not alone.

The brain edits memories relentlessly, updating the past with new information. Scientists say that this isn't a question of having a bad memory. Instead, they think the brain updates memories to make them more relevant and useful now — even if they're not a true representation of the past.

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11:13am

Wed February 5, 2014
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By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:24 pm

A CVS pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., is one of more than 7,600 stores where the company will stop selling tobacco products by October.
John Raoux AP

When drugstore chain CVS said Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products by October, the company also told investors that the move would probably cost it $2 billion a year in lost sales.

CVS says it has figured out unspecified ways to help make up for the profits from cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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1:48am

Wed February 5, 2014
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A Denver Family Of Doctors Has Seen Medicine Transformed

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:06 am

Michael Sawyer, the latest doctor in his family, holds a portrait of his grandfather Dr. Ken Sawyer, while his father Robert, a surgeon, looks on.
Barry Gutierrez for NPR

What it means to be a doctor in America is changing.

The Affordable Care Act is one reason. But the federal health overhaul is just the latest factor among many that have affected the practice of medicine.

Just ask Drs. Robert and Michael Sawyer, a father and son in a family that has worked at Denver Health since the 1930s.

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