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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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Jun 22, 2014 — A Los Angeles doctor recently received an $8.5 million grant to train city barbers to measure hypertension, a condition that's common — and deadly — among African-American men.
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Apr 16, 2013 — Governments set standards for different types of food labels, but most people don't pick up on those nuances, according to a new study on sodium labels. When asked about a variety of health issues, including losing weight and diabetes, participants in a survey said that lower-sodium products would prevent all of them.
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Oct 22, 2012 — A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows progress in the fight against cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. One reason may be that more people are taking new blood pressure drugs.
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Sep 4, 2012 — Most adults with high blood pressure are being treated these days. But more than half of all Americans with hypertension still haven't got it under control.
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May 14, 2012 — With the rising incidence of obesity comes a rising incidence of the health-related problems it causes. Pediatricians report seeing high blood pressure, heart disease and even certain cancers — diseases previously considered problems among adults only — in children as young as 3.
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Aug 31, 2011 — Potatoes may lower blood pressure if they're cooked right, according to new research. Beneficial compounds in potatoes may survive microwaving better than deep-frying. And avoiding the extra fat may make the weight gain linked to potatoes in other studies less likely.
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Aug 24, 2011 — Britain's health-quality institute says the good old blood pressure cuff is no longer good enough to accurately diagnose hypertension. The British now recommend that people with a high reading should also have an ambulatory test, wearing a blood-pressure monitor for 24 hours.
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