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A promising technique for making brain tumors glow so they'll be easier for surgeons to remove is now being tested in cancer patients.

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Last week, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve its budget and with it a couple of controversial amendments that change how sex education information gets to students.

$3 million originally budgeted for AIDS and HIV prevention programs was shifted into abstinence education in an amendment filed by Rep.  Stuart Spitzer R-Kaufman.

Another amendment that passed Tuesday night banned sex education materials in public schools if they were made by an organization that provided abortions. 

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What role does our sense of touch play in our lives? 

According to Johns Hopkins neurobiologist David Linden, it impacts a large range. Our health, relationships, romance, shopping purchases, and even language have all been shaped by our fingertips.

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**Update: This afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, part of this package was stop-gap, two-year funding of the Health Care Trust Fund which funds Federally Qualified Health Centers.

The federal government will be winding down funding programs for low-income healthcare providers over the course of the next few years. One that provides funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers will be gone at the end of September if not reauthorized, which would mean $133 million lost by the state per year.

Whatever lands you in the hospital or nursing home also puts you at risk for acquiring an infection, possibly one that's resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Staph infections are common problems in health care facilities, and many Staphylcoccus aureus bacteria are now resistant to drug treatment.

Chances are you've heard of MRSA, which is the kind of staph that isn't susceptible to methicillin, the antibiotic that used to be a silver bullet.

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