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Easy fitness: No willpower required

Living a healthy, active lifestyle today is hard. It requires planning. Willpower. Perseverance. But in the future, fitness might not be so difficult.

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CDC: Most measles cases in nearly 20 years

More people have been infected with measles in the United States during the first four months of this year than have been infected in the first four months of the past 18 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Court: State can vaccinate children in its care

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court says children in state custody can be vaccinated over their parents' religious objections.

Monitoring your every move

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Personal sensors: Monitoring your every move

How did you sleep last night? OK, that's an easy question. But do you know your blood sugar, oxygen and hydration levels? Are you coming down with a cold? Does your body need more protein? Thanks to sensors that track our every move and send detailed health information to our devices, we know the answers to many of these questions.

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No more pills: Just give it to me in a chip

Did you take your meds today? At the right time? All of them? Following your doctor's orders can be cumbersome, especially if you're supposed to take more than one pill a day. That's why scientists are working to develop microchips that can be preloaded with medications and implanted in our bodies, programmed to administer drugs at a given time, interval and/or dose.

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The end of chemo: Safer ways to fight cancer

When 14-year-old Nick Wilkins' leukemia resisted chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, his doctors turned to the real pros: Nick's own immune cells.

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University Medical Center Utrecht

Custom organs: Creating body parts from dust

The long metal table in the University of Michigan biomedical engineering lab is covered by a film of white dust. Scattered across the table are opaque-colored objects shaped like ears, noses, vertebrae, and jawbones -- all made from biological mater...

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No-scar surgery: Less pain, shorter recovery

"We probably won't be doing surgery anymore," says Dr. Bradley Needleman, director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, when I ask him about the future of surgery. Come again?

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