RECORD DONORS: U.S. Healthcare founder Leonard Abramsom and his wife, Madlyn, a cancer survivor, donated $100 million to create a new cancer research center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

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INJECTION INNOVATION: A young patient shows some apprehension as a needle-free injector device is placed against her arm prior to firing.

Remember the terror you felt as a child when you went to the doctor for a vaccination? These days, doctor visits are worse for children. Added to the standard list of measles, mumps, and rubella (often given as one combination injection); diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (given as a single DTP vaccine); and polio; now Haemophilus influenzae b, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and varicella are preventable by vaccination. "In 1989, it took just eight shots to fully immunize a child against the recommended diseases; now, it takes a minimum of 14," says Bruce G. Weniger,...

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