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Dangers of 'superbugs' at area hospitals

When you go to the hospital, the last thing you expect is to get sick. Consumer Reports graded local hospitals on how well they are doing to protect patients from MRSA and C. diff. See which hospitals did the best and worst in the D.C. area.

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Immigrants fishing for dinner unaware of mercury

Anglers who are hooking fish to feed their families often are unaware of the toxic substances found in fish because government advisories fail to get to them. (Photos)

Symbol of dictatorship abuse, Chilean sees justice coming

Her scarred face became a symbol of the atrocities of Chile’s 1973-90 dictatorship led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Now Carmen Quintana feels justice is being done.

Doctors skip the pharmacy, prescribe the farm instead

Some D.C. doctors are skipping traditional medications. Instead, they're writing their patients prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. And it's working.

With a new ‘Vacation,’ a look at laughable comedy remakes

In Hollywood’s reboot frenzy, the movie industry has increasingly turned to reviving classic comedies, only to find that few things are harder to rekindle than the elusive elements that make up a great comedy.

A natural evolution in sports injury medicine

A new technology has been developed that could change the way we deal with injuries on the playing field.

Strong El Nino means good and bad news for D.C-area weather

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House passes Secret Service training, VA COLA bills

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