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Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders

Friday, July 11, 2014

The sloppy handling by federal scientists of the world's scariest germs must stop, says the dismayed head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Are his new rules enough?

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Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders

Friday, July 11, 2014

There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them — without authorization.

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All Things Considered

Health Officials Push HIV Prevention Pills

Friday, July 11, 2014

The World Health Organization has announced a sweeping new guideline, recommending that all men who have sex with mean take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection.

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New Guidelines For Gay Men: A Daily Anti-HIV Pill

Friday, July 11, 2014

The World Health Organization strongly recommends that men who have sex with men consider a daily pill that would prevent HIV infection. That seems like a drastic measure — but is it?

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If Exercise Is Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow

Friday, July 11, 2014

The idea that sacrificing at the gym entitles us to a reward seems to be embedded in our collective thinking. Researchers set out to test how this affects how we eat after a workout.

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Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk

Friday, July 11, 2014

People who have survived a suicide attempt often have trouble finding a place to talk about suicide risk or a way to help others. So they are going public with their experiences.

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Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

Friday, July 11, 2014

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam

Friday, July 11, 2014

Two secretaries in a doctor's office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Noisy Lives

Friday, July 11, 2014

Noise is the top quality-of-life complaint to 311, but noise can also be a good thing. What noises drive you crazy, calm you down, damage your hearing or peace of mind, help you create?

Morning Edition

Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Scientists hoped the baby's apparent cure would lead to similar treatments in infants worldwide. But with the child still HIV-positive, some question the ethics of a large study in other children.

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All Things Considered

A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Service members are prescribed narcotic painkillers three times as often as civilians. For some vets, dependence on those pills becomes a bigger problem than their original ailment.

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Alcohol Test: Does Eating Yeast Keep You From Getting Drunk?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When we read about a way to stave off intoxication in Esquire, we were dubious. So we bought a breathylzer, a few IPAs and tested out the kooky theory.

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Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions

Thursday, July 10, 2014

There's plenty of evidence that playing with a concussion increases the risk of long-term problems. But athletes, coaches and parents can be reluctant to call a halt. Then how can doctors do no harm?

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HIV Returns In Infected Toddler, Dashing Hopes Of Imminent Cure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Federal officials have announced that a young Mississippi girl, once thought to have been cured of HIV, now once again has detectable levels of the virus.

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In West Africa, Officials Target Ignorance And Fear Over Ebola

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Health officials are trying to convince families to bring the ill to health centers and to change the way their bury their dead to rein in the disease, which has killed hundreds across the region.

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Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

Thursday, July 10, 2014

People in heterosexual relationships are about 20 times less likely to pass HIV to their partners than homosexual men. Now scientists have found a clue to why this disparity exists.

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He Never Really Liked Soccer Until He Made A Movie About It

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Juan Rendon was not a fan. Then he co-directed This Is Not a Ball, a documentary that took him to the slums of Brazil and to an amputee league in Sierra Leone.

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Science Friday

What’s So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A study finds that many people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

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Science Friday

The Surprisingly Predictable Patterns of Random Choice

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In his new book, Rock Breaks Scissors, author William Poundstone decodes the patterns in big data, sports, and human behaviors.

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Science Friday

Could Inducing Hypothermia Help Revive Trauma Patients?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In a procedure called “Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation,” doctors would replace the blood of patients with cold saline to help buy valuable operating time.

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