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Can Your Beach Vacation Make You Sick?

When I started visiting our Santa Monica office, I was thrilled to get up early (I was on East Coast time) and go down to the beach to body...

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When I started visiting our Santa Monica office, I was thrilled to get up early and go down to the beach to body surf. It was well worth braving the cold water, because sometimes I’d be joined by a dolphin or sea lion. My California colleagues, however, were not so enthusiastic about my morning swim. Polluted water from storm drains, they warned me, contaminated the beach in some places. Rashes, pinkeye, stomach bugs, respiratory infections, meningitis, hepatitis—any one of these can strike an unlucky beachgoer who gets into dirty water. In fact, researchers have estimated that across Southern California, anywhere from 600,000 to four million beachgoers come down with a gastrointestinal ailment each year.

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Project Dose: How a Simple Design Can Save Kids' Lives

Drugs formulated specifically for children can be prohibitively expensive in developing countries, so doctors often instruct mothers to split...

Drugs formulated specifically for children can be prohibitively expensive in developing countries, so doctors often instruct mothers to split adult tablets into smaller portions when treating their children. Cutting tablets precisely into even portions, however, is very difficult, and children suffering from diseases like malaria often receive too much or too little of the life-saving medicine.

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If you've seen babies sleeping in strollers on the subway or a crowded city street, you might think they're unaffected by noise. But it turns out that little changes in the environment can make a big difference in infants' health. In a ward for sick and premature babies at a British hospital, a redesign of the building had surprising results.

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