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    We know one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of HIV is to wear a condom during sex. But for many too many women around the world, getting a man to use protection before sex is nigh unto impossible. Now there may be a new way for these women to shield themselves: Tampons that deliver anti-HIV medication. If it works, it could put prevention into the hands of women and save millions of lives.

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    Despite the efforts of aid workers and humanitarian organizations, the deadly Ebola virus epidemic is raging through western Africa, worse than ever before. Doctors Without Borders director Bart Janssens said that the world "has never known such an epidemic." He added, "This epidemic is unprecedented, absolutely out of control, and the situation can only get worse." So far 670 people have died. There is no vaccine and no cure for the virus, and it's fatal to 9 out of 10 victims.

    Two American aid workers and the lead Ebola doctor in Sierra Leon have been infected, and one of Liberia's top doctors died this weekend.

    These headlines are deeply troubling. But should you be worried about the virus spreading to the U.S.? Here's everything we need to know about the Ebola virus outbreak so far.

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    You have big plans to go to the gym after work today. You arranged someone to be there to take care of the kids, you packed your gym bag, you piously said no to after-work drinks with your colleagues. Then 6 p.m. rolls around, and, well ... maybe the kids need help with their homework tonight after all. Or your boss is going out for drinks, maybe you should go along too. Or you’re exhausted after a long day, and didn’t you read somewhere that you’re more likely to get injured exercising when you’re tired?

    Chances are, you already know when you’re making excuses because you just don’t feel like working out. But are there actually times when it IS a good idea to skip the gym? Yes, there are -- and here’s the personal trainer take on what’s a valid excuse and what’s NOT.

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    As if parents needed yet ANOTHER thing to worry about. Add windshield washer fluid to the growing list of things that can kill us and our children.

    A deadly form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease can be spread by windshield washer fluid, according to new research.

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    A scary new virus is roaming the globe. It's called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. The first confirmed case in the U.S. was reported May 2 in Indiana, but it didn't stop there. Today, a second U.S. case of MERS was confirmed in Orlando, Florida. That's got a lot of us worried. How contagious is this illness? How dangerous is it? And what exactly is MERS, anyway? Here's 8 things you need to know about the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak.

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    In a horrific scenario, a man overheard his family and doctors discussing organ harvesting -- of his own organs. The man, Jimi Fritze, had suffered a stroke in his early 40s and lay unable to move, speak, or respond in a hospital bed. However, he could hear and see everything -- and understand it. But he had no way of alerting anyone to that. When doctors informed his family that there was no hope for the man, his family filed in to say goodbye. And that's when doctors reportedly began discussing organ donation with them. Imagine lying there listening to that and having no way to tell anyone you could hear it all!

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    A cancer survivor who wore a tutu during a race was made fun of in the April issue of Self and was extremely offended, to say the least.

    The magazine writer declared war on tutus worn during races in a column called "The BS Meter." Underneath a photo of two women wearing superhero T-shirts and tutus -- one of whom was Monika Allen, who was undergoing chemo for brain cancer -- the caption read: ”A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, especially when it comes to fashion, but this Self writer was totally off-base and ill-informed.

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    There's a reason bottles of nail polish that taste like arsenic fly off shelves. A great many of us are guilty of biting our nails when we're nervous, bored, or feeling insecure, and just as many of us are willing to apply what tastes like poison to our hands in order to get ourselves to stop.

    Well, if you count yourself among those whose hands always look disastrous as a result of your bad habit, there's another -- far more important -- reason why you should quit pronto: nail biting can cost you your health or life. John Gardener, a 40-year-old soccer referee, bit his nails so badly they bled and led to an infection that turned septic, causing him to suffer from a fatal heart attack.

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    Say it isn't so! A new study reveals the happiest shade on the color spectrum isn't as mellow as we think. The yellow dyes found in items that many of us have in our homes -- because, let's face it, yellow is pretty -- could contain a dangerous chemical called PCB-11. Yep, everything from our towels and kids' pajamas to papers and the very paint on our walls may contain traces of polychlorinated biphenyls, which are linked with cancer, birth defects, irritations, developmental problems in children, and severe acne.

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    Euthanasia is a hotly contested topic, as it should be. The decision to assist a person in dying because he or she is suffering greatly from an illness is not a matter that should be taken lightly. But now we've thrown an additional question into the mix: should seriously ill children be allowed to have a say in whether they live or die? There's no way, as a parent, you won't feel something just thinking about that possibility.

    This week, Belgium became the first country to remove age restrictions on euthanasia, which has caused folks from both sides of the debate to come out and speak their minds. Those in favor of it argue that children who experience incomprehensible pain deserve the same respect adults receive to choose whether they want to put an end to their suffering. But plenty of people oppose the practice and feel it's immoral or inhumane to help a child end his life.

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