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Why Do You Care About Fairness? Ask A Chimp

Squirrel monkeys, chimps, and humans: Two among these are willing to give up an unfair advantage, but why? It's about greasing the social wheels, scientists say.

Some Airports Have A New Security Routine: Taking Your Temperature

With ear probes, infrared cameras and laser beams pointed at your forehead, airports around the world are trying to stop infected passengers before they board a plane.

San Francisco Politician Goes Public With His Choice To Take Anti-HIV Drug

City Supervisor Scott Wiener said he is taking a pill that can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection. He appears to be the first elected official to have gone public with the decision.

Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.

Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

Nonprofits have an important role to play in fighting Ebola, Obama said yesterday. Indeed, they are now donating millions, dispatching doctors and sending over critical supplies.

Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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Will Obama's Plan Bring The Ebola Outbreak Under Control?

The ambitious scope of the intervention has impressed aid workers, who have been crying for help for months. But the plan will need to be implemented quickly to get ahead of the spread of infections.

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Top Scientists Suggest A Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis

The answer, this time, isn't simply more cash, says Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. Instead, changing the way research money is distributed might fix systemic problems.

Week In The News: Arming Syrian Rebels, Ebola, Scotland Votes

September 19, 2014
A voter in Scotland's Independence Referendum, right, walks past a YES supporter as she arrives at a polling place in Edinburgh,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland votes. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

September 17, 2014
Students at the Wellspring Academy in Reedley, CA, pictured on Oct. 19, 2009. Wellspring Academy is a special school that offers academic courses while helping students with weight loss. Sarah Varney documents the effects the obesity epidemic has on romance in her new book. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.

Patrick Dismisses Report Pegging Mass. ACA Costs At $1B

September 17, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts.

Kids, Discipline And The Adrian Peterson Debate

September 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson watches from the sidelines against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of a preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP/Ann Heisenfelt)

The NFL’s Adrian Peterson and the emotional debate underway about how far is too far to go when it comes to disciplining children.

A Better Way To End Hunger In America

September 17, 2014
Ashley Stanley: "Hunger doesn’t require expensive scientific analysis, vaccines or cures. It requires connecting existing resources to people that need it." Pictured: A school lunch salad entree option featuring low-sodium chicken, a whole-grain roll, fresh red peppers, and cilantro dressing is assembled in a lunch basket at Mirror Lake Elementary School in Federal Way, Wash., south of Seattle, Monday, May 5, 2014. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

It doesn’t require expensive scientific analysis, vaccines or cures. It requires connecting existing resources to people that need it.

U.S. To Increase Response To Ebola, Send Troops To Liberia

September 16, 2014
Gloves and rubber boots forming part of the Ebola prevention gear for health workers at a clinic are set outside for the sun to dry them after being washed in Monrovia, Liberia Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

The U.S. will send some 3,000 troops to conduct the military and medical response in Liberia as that country faces an ongoing Ebola outbreak.

Mass. General Doctor Learns To Accept Her Own Changing Brain

September 15, 2014
Dr. Annie Brewster reflects on her changing MRI scans, which are changing as a result of her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Dr. Annie Brewster understands the value of clinical detachment. “As a doctor, I spend my days looking at radiology images and reading reports,” she says. But she also admits, “It’s hard to remember that the body part being referred to is actually part of a human being.”

Drought, Heat Contribute To West Nile Spike In California

September 12, 2014
The San Jose Vector Control Agency was spaying pesticide to kill mosquitoes in April. California has seen a spike in West Nile cases. (Don McCullough/Flickr)

Recent drought and high temperatures have caused an increase in West Nile outbreaks in California.

Domestic Violence And #WhyIStayed

September 12, 2014
In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during a news conference in Owings Mills, Md. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

#WhyIStayed. We’re looking at women in and out of relationships of domestic violence.

Farm Freshness In An Urban Sprawl: Annual Food Festival Gets Cookin’ Sunday

September 12, 2014

The fifth Boston Local Food Festival gets underway Sunday on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, showcasing farmers, food trucks, cooking demonstrations and more.

Mass. Man Battling Ebola Is Steadily Improving

September 11, 2014

An American Ebola survivor donated blood to Rick Sacra, who is battling the disease. The transfusions are believed to help because the survivor’s blood carries antibodies for the disease.

Doctor: 9/11 Responders’ Illnesses Becoming Worse

September 11, 2014
A firefighter walks through rubble of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, in New York. Dr. Benjamin Luft, who provides healthcare services to first responders, says their chronic illnesses are becoming worse. (Doug Kanter/AFP/Getty Images)

A World Trade Center Health Program medical provider says chronic illnesses affecting first responders are lingering and becoming worse.

NFL Youth Safety Program Takes A Hit

September 10, 2014
LaToya Cook and her son Braylon Powell, who has complained of headaches since a hit before a game two years ago. (John Daley/CPR)

The NFL is trying to teach parents of young football players to prevent concussions. But critics call it a white-washing campaign.

9/11 First Responder: ‘Invisible Diseases’ Are Killing Us

September 10, 2014
John Feal was a 9/11 first responder. His organization the Feal Good Foundation advocates for first responders who suffer chronic illnesses from their experience. (Feal Good Foundation)

9/11 first responder John Feal says many others like him suffer from chronic physical and emotional diseases. His organization, the FealGood Foundation, works to get them compensation.

Why Bees Matter: Changing Our Perspective About Honey Bees

September 9, 2014
A bee collects pollen in a sunflower field, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, near Lawrence, Kan. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Boston’s bee-vangelist explains why bees might hold the solution to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

The World’s Response To The Ebola Epidemic

September 9, 2014
Health workers,  attend to patients that contracted the Ebola virus,  at a clinic  in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP/Abbas Dulleh)

An urgent plea for more help to slow the epidemic of Ebola in West Africa. We look at the exploding challenge.

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