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Science Friday

Tapping Into Musical Memory

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A new documentary, Alive Inside, exposes the connections between music and memory.

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Science Friday

Can’t Stop Worrying? Blame It on Your Habenula

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The habenula is a pea-sized part of the brain that tracks our expectations of negative events.

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Science Friday

Will Big Data Answer Big Questions on Health?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Google's latest big idea is called "Baseline Study"—an effort to catalog the DNA of thousands of healthy people, along with their blood, urine, saliva, breath, and tears.

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Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.

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How Will You Die?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cooking dinner, having sex and going to the bathroom are three of the riskiest things you can do in many parts of the world.

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Morning Edition

Red Robin's 'Monster' Burger Wins Xtreme Eating Awards

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Center for Science in the Public Interest says, at more than 3,500 calories, it's the "single unhealthiest" meal among 200 chain restaurants.

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What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Much Does Your Name Matter? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A kid's name can tell us something about his parents -- their race, social standing, even their politics. But is your name really your destiny?

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WNYC News

Paid Sick Leave Kicks Off, to Mixed Reactions

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What do the bosses have to say about New York City's new paid sick leave law?

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Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.

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Sierra Leone Doctor Who Led The Fight Against Ebola Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had treated more than 100 Ebola patients before catching the virus himself last week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Worried Do You Need To Be About Ebola?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One epidemiologist says it's quite likely that someone with Ebola will arrive in the U.S., but he says the panic level should only be "at a 1 or a 2." Here's what you need to know.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Ebola: what risk does the virus pose to Africa and the wider world?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ebola: what risk does the virus pose to Africa and the wider world?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Paid Sick Leave: Day One

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New York's Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect today. Julie Menin, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, has been helping businesses prepare for the effort. She answers last-minute questions and discusses what impact the law will have on NYC's workers.

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Morning Edition

NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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Morning Edition

Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Succumbs To The Disease

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sheik Humarr Khan, one of the doctors fighting to control West Africa's largest Ebola outbreak, died Tuesday in Sierra Leone. He was 39.

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Morning Edition

California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.

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Morning Edition

Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Health workers are trying to convince parents to give children the polio vaccine, but the program faces violent opposition. Harvard researchers polled the parents. They were surprised by the results.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Assessing Worries: Money and Love, Ebola Outbreaks, Privacy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New York City's new Sick Leave Law starts today. We'll hear what it means for you. Plus: It’s a big week for major economic indicators; a law that’s meant to protect patients may actually be used more to protect medical centers; containing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak; voting rights for felons; and stories about the anxiety and stress of dealing with money in relationships. 

All Things Considered

The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The effort to end polio is taking a toll on Pakistan's already overstretched health system. With more children dying of measles and diarrhea, some question whether the focus on polio is worth it.

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