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Proposed Tobacco Ban Fires Up Citizens Of Small Massachusetts Town

November 13, 2014
Town Vs Tobacco

Westminster, Massachusetts could be the first town in America to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products.

What Does It Mean When Only 40 People Have Your Blood Type?

November 13, 2014
Bags of human blood are filtrated and scanned at the production and logistics center of the Bavarian Red Cross blood donation service in Wiesentheid, southern Germany, on July 24, 2012. (David Ebener/AFP/GettyImages)

“The Man with the Golden Blood” is the story of Thomas, a Swiss boy with the extraordinarily rare blood type RH-null.

A Personal Story About Cancer

November 13, 2014
Here & Now producer Alex Ashlock took this photo of his sister Melissa receiving chemotherapy treatment. (Alex Ashlock)

It seems like cancer touches everyone. Here & Now’s Alex Ashlock shared these thoughts on how it’s affected his family.

Researchers Say New Cancer Drugs Are More Efficient

November 13, 2014
Cancer patient Terry Meyer reads a book while receiving chemotherapy treatment at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer June 21, 2006 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced on today his plan called San Francisco Health Access Plan (SF HAP), a universal healthcare plan for San Francisco residents that is scheduled to be up and running within a year. The plan will be the first of its kind in the United States. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dr. Edward Benz likens chemotherapy to “carpet bombing,” and says the new drugs are “much more like smart bombs.”

What’s Behind The Gluten-Free ‘Obsession’?

November 12, 2014
The gluten-free aisle at a Kroger grocery store in Memphis, Tenn. Taken in March 2013. (ilovememphis/flickr)

A third of Americans say they’re trying a gluten-free diet, even though celiac disease affects only 1 percent of the population.

Family Of Ebola Victim Reaches Deal With Texas Hospital

November 12, 2014
A general view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is seen where patient Thomas Eric Duncan is being treated for the Ebola virus on October 4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The patient who had traveled from Liberia to Dallas marks the first case of this strain of Ebola that has been diagnosed outside of West Africa. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S., has reached an agreement with the hospital where he died.

Nurses Strike For Better Ebola Preparedness

November 12, 2014
Nurses carry signs as they strike outside of Kaiser Permanente hospital on November 11, 2014 in San Francisco, California joining 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses who are staging a two-day strike amidst contract negotiations and to demand better training and optimal safeguards for treating ebola. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Up to 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in California are timing their strike to coincide with nurse protests across the nation.

New York Ebola Doctor Released

November 11, 2014
Dr. Craig Spencer smiles during a news conference November 11, 2014 at Bellevue Hospital in New York. After being treated at Bellevue for Ebola, Spencer, a 33-year-old New York doctor who became America's last known Ebola case, has been declared free of the virus and was discharged. The United States has treated nine victims of the virus, which spreads through contact with infected bodily fluids. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

After sending the Big Apple into a frenzy last month, Dr. Craig Spencer has been released from the hospital, Ebola-free.

ACA Open Enrollment Starts This Week

November 10, 2014
Open enrollment for health care plans under the Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday, Nov. 15. Pictured is a screenshot from HealthCare.gov.

Open enrollment for health care plans under the Affordable Care Act starts on Saturday. Already, you can shop for plans on HealthCare.gov.

Bariatric Surgery May Alter Taste Buds

November 7, 2014
Surgeons perform post-bariatric surgery on Yuli Cruz (unseen) at a clinic center in Cali, Colombia, on October 16, 2014. Cruz is undergoing a post-bariatric surgery to remove excess skin after bariatric surgery made her lose about 110 pounds. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

A leading specialist discusses some of the newest thinking and approaches – from surgery to public policy – to treat and prevent obesity.

Study: Happiness May Be Linked To Age

November 7, 2014
A new study finds that happiness nosedives as you hit middle age - but only if you live in the affluent West, according to experts. (Image via BBC News)

A new study finds that happiness nosedives as you hit middle age – but only if you live in the affluent West, according to experts.

President Obama Requests $6 Billion To Fight Ebola

November 6, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on November 5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Obama held the press conference one day after his Democratic party was defeated in midterm elections. President Obama congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday on their midterm election victory and promised to work constructively with them in Congress for the next two years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The president is asking Congress for money to help fight the Ebola epidemic. We take a look at what the funds will go toward.

Scientists Develop New Ways To Tailor Cancer Treatment

November 6, 2014
Dr. Christian Hinrichs, assistant clinical investigator at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, works in his lab to develop advanced procedures to cure cancer, May 29, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Researchers are gaining a new understanding of how cancer cells operate, and that’s leading to new therapies.

Study Shows Overnight Shifts May Affect Brain Power

November 4, 2014
A new study finds that longterm shift work, such as driving a cab, caring for patients at a hospital or working as a janitor, can cause cognitive deficiencies. Pictured, registered nurse Tung Tran hangs an I.V. bag for a patient at the University of Miami Hospital's Emergency Department on April 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Researchers studied day and night workers over a 10-year period and found shift work was associated with impaired cognition.

What Brittany Maynard’s Death Might Mean For The Right-To-Die Movement

November 3, 2014
Brittany Maynard, 29, was surrounded by family and friends on Nov. 2, 2014, when she took lethal medication prescribed by a doctor, according to Sean Crowley, a spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices. (Maynard Family via AP)

The 29-year-old moved to Oregon after being diagnosed with brain cancer so she could take advantage of the state’s Death with Dignity law.

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