Leg Lengthening Patient Hopes to Grow by 3.3 Inches

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_d94d746100.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- When John entered the hospital in southern Russia two weeks ago, he was a healthy, athletic 29-year-old.  But for the next nine months he will be struggling just to walk. John has elected to undergo a controversial and painful procedure because he wants to be taller.

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Experts: Whitey Bulger Case Hit Man Was Not a Classic Serial Killer

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_35c30647c6.jpgWendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Confessed hit man John Martorano proclaimed defiantly in a Boston courtroom Tuesday that he is "no serial killer," even though he has admitted to rubbing out 20 people, including innocent bystanders.

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Can Apple’s Siri Help Prevent Suicide?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_9a6a1f6915.jpgApple/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Apple's snarky assistant has been updated with a helpful, serious feature. Siri will now respond to suicidal statements with useful suicide prevention information. Prior to this week if you had told Siri "I want to kill myself" or "I want to jump off a bridge," the service would either search the web or worse, search for the nearest bridge.

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HPV Vaccines Working Despite Limited Use

(b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_8bc878efc1.jpgiStockphoto/ThinkstockWASHINGTON) -- Vaccines against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus appear to be working better than expected in the U.S. given the country’s dismal vaccination rates, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Eliminate Racism, Increase Life Expectancy?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_0f966a29f0.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Eliminating racism might help people live longer. Medical studies increasingly show that racial bias, whether overt or subtle and unintentional, can lead to chronic stress problems among victims -- and stress can literally alter how our brains work and how we respond to germs, according to Paula Braveman, director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of California, San Francisco.

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