Princeton Begins School-Wide Meningitis Vaccinations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_99706fc01f.jpgJeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock (PRINCETON, N.J.) -- Earning a degree at Princeton comes with an unexpected bonus: a free vaccination against meningitis. The unusual program came about because eight students at the Ivy League university were diagnosed with the serious disease. On Monday, Princeton began offering shots of a vaccine that has been imported from abroad because the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the medicine to protect against the B strain of meningitis found on campus.

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Fewer Married Women Having Children

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3f6e7d408c.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Although the vast majority of women who get married have children, the numbers of married women who remain childless has increased over the past quarter century. An analysis by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University reveals that 6 percent of married women ages 40 to 44 have no biological, adopted or stepchildren in their households, compared to 4.5 percent in 1988.

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Flu Shots Help Asthma Sufferers Breathe Easier

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_ce13f501aa.jpgSven Hoppe/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- With that time of year having rolled around again, federal health officials strongly advise asthma sufferers to get a flu shot. According to findings in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu aggravates asthma symptoms by triggering attacks, which can lead to pneumonia or other serious complications.

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Never Underestimate the Intelligence of an Animal

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_0790668f8d.jpgbrian goodman/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- You're smarter than your dog, right? Well, maybe not, according to Dr. Arthur Saniotis from Australia's University of Adelaide's School of Medical Sciences. For the last 10,000 years, Saniotis says the idea has been repeated "that humans are exceptional by virtue that they are the smartest in the animal kingdom," adding, "the belief of human cognitive superiority became entrenched in human philosophy and sciences."

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Study: Ohioans Lead Nation in Cursing

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_904d930996.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Many political observers divide the nation into red states and blue states, but a new study focuses on an entirely different measurement and ranks the 50 states based on how frequently their residents curse. A study by the technology company The Marchex Institute shows that of all Americans, Ohioans curse the most, at least when they’re on the phone. Maryland took a close second, followed by New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois.

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