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Shots - Health News
4:08 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

Bob Smithson, 79, can now hold his head upright and breathe on his own, thanks to a medication for myasthenia gravis.
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Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 3:57 pm

Bob Smithson had been in the critical care unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for more than a week. He had a rare neuromuscular disease, and his 78-year-old body was being kept alive by tubes that delivered air to his lungs and food to his stomach.

Then Bob's wife, Pat, got some really disturbing news. The hospital's medical staff wanted Bob to have a tracheostomy, a surgical procedure that would carve a hole in his neck and allow doctors to keep him on a breathing machine indefinitely.

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Sports
4:07 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Buffalo Bills Flag Officials For Excessive Celebration On Losing Play

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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Media
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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Around the Nation
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Landrieu's Loss Flips Lingering Holdout Of Democrats' 'Solid South'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 6:44 am

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NPR Story
3:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

In Largest Transfer Since 2009, 6 Leave Guantanamo For Uruguay

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 3:37 pm

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Sports
6:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Wilt Chamberlain Gets Extra-Long Stamp

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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Media
6:36 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Russian Newspaper Tries Reporting Only Good News

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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National Security
4:56 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Obama Points To Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

In Oakland, The Disconnect Between Young People And Police

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 12:07 pm

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Some people are also seeking a way forward, as we hear from Joi Smith of Youth Radio.

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Prep Work Contributes To Successful Protest Turnout

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:16 pm

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