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map of flu activity

IT’S HERE  Flu activity is widespread across the county, with 32 states and Puerto Rico reporting high activity (orange to red) as of January 13, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

IUD

SHAPE SHIFTERS  Current intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are T-shaped. But previous designs of the contraceptives included curlicues, s-shapes and an ill-fated spiked shield.

woman in labor

PRECONCIEVED NOTIONS  A decades-old idea about how quickly a woman’s labor should progress has not held up in recent studies.

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