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The Takeaway

Former Clinton Drug Czar on The Fight Between Science and Politics

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Gen. Barry McCaffrey weighs in on the behind the scenes jockeying over a scientific report on drug policy. He says science can easily get distorted when political agendas are at stake.

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Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A major life insurer is offering lower premiums in exchange for policyholders' sharing activity data. But privacy advocates worry such programs eventually will be used to deny coverage.

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Morning Edition

Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A measure that would require more children to get vaccinated is moving ahead in the California Legislature. Though the state saw a large measles outbreak this year, final passage may be tough.

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Morning Edition

Doctors Make House Calls On Tablets Carried By Houston Firefighters

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Most calls to the Houston Fire Department are for health problems, not fires. All those medical calls strain the 911 system and make a career in firefighting seem more like a career in health care.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Malcolm Gladwell; Tsarnaev's Guilty Verdict; Elections in Ferguson

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Malcolm Gladwell on why the underdog sometimes has the upper hand; Tsarnaev's guilty verdict; Ferguson's city council elections; and a doctor reflects on his first year in medicine.

All Things Considered

Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The same receptor on nerve endings that makes sinuses tingle when we eat wasabi plays an important role in the pain of inflammation. The first 3-D view of the receptor could lead to better pain drugs.

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All Things Considered

Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Doctors long ago noticed that, beyond the usual influences of diet and smoking, short people seem to get heart disease more often than tall people. But why?

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All Things Considered

With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

John Hancock announced a new program promising discounts for policyholders who wear a fitness tracker, exercise more and go to the doctor. But privacy advocates worry about the electronic monitoring.

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All Things Considered

On A Scale Of 1 To 10, Brazil Gets A Zero For Disability Access

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Brazil is hosting not just the Olympics in 2016 but also the Paralympics. And activists for the disabled say Rio de Janeiro has a long and potholed road ahead of it to get ready for the games.

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What's My Chance Of Having A Baby? A Better Predictor Of IVF Success

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Achieving pregnancy with in vitro fertilization depends largely on your age. But other factors contribute, too. A study compares two online tools aimed at giving couples a realistic sense of the odds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Two Babes in a Food Fight

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A blogger who goes by Science Babe went after the popular blogger and anti-GMO champion Food Babe earlier this week, calling her crusade against toxins total bunk. Who's right?

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John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Life insurance customers will receive discounts each year based on their activity levels. The practice is used in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. But privacy experts are concerned.

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Morning Edition

Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A modified venom from scorpions that carries a dye into the brain and makes tumors glow has cleared its latest hurdle. But will this attempt to improve brain surgery work in humans as well as animals?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justice in South Carolina, The Brontosaurus Makes a Comeback, and Twins in Space

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the shooting death of Walter Scott, we explore new information about the Brontosaurus, and we chat with Astronaut Mike Kelly about his twin brother's space trip.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Rand Paul; Collective Bargaining in Higher Ed; Philosophy of Happiness

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Rand Paul's GOP candidacy; Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on chain stores; collective bargaining in higher ed; the philosophy of happiness; and "Food Babe" vs. "Science Babe."

All Things Considered

Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Depending on the size of the subsidy they got, some will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe taxes.

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All Things Considered

Medical Students Jump In To Help The Uninsured

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Nearly 1 million New York City residents are still uninsured. Rather than go to emergency rooms or city hospitals, some get free care from students in medical school.

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Quick Income Changes Can Threaten Coverage For Those On Medicaid

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Obamacare added millions of new customers whose incomes hover near the Medicaid line. When their earnings rise or fall, their health insurance could lapse while they're switching plans.

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PRI's The World

For Ebola patients, a way to see the faces of those helping

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Imagine being in a hospital with a deadly illness and you can't see the faces of the people caring for you. That's what it's like for Ebola patients. And it's what Los Angeles-based artist Mary Beth Heffernan went to Liberia to change.

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All Things Considered

Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow's Milk

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

We're not talking about just a smidge. Roughly 10 percent of samples tested contained at least 10 percent cow's milk. Doctors say the diluted milk could be dangerous for babies for several reasons.

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