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Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

Thursday, July 10, 2014

About half the genetic contribution to a child's reading ability also shapes how math-savvy she is, a big study of twins finds. But there's still no telling exactly which genes are involved.

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Morning Edition

From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Many processed foods contain cellulose, which is plant fiber that is commonly extracted from wood. It's used to add texture, prevent caking and boost fiber. And it's been around for ages.

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Morning Edition

Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Simply watching, reading or listening to steady news coverage of a traumatic event can be as stressful as experiencing the event in person, research suggests.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Most Imperfect Union

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The latest Snowden leaks reveal that the NSA targeted particular Muslim-Americans for surveillance. Shane Harris, Senior Writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers, weighs in. Plus: The near future might bring instant access to doctors via email, Skype, or text; "coming out" on your resume might actually help job-seekers; parents feel the pressure to enroll their kids in extracurricular summer camps; and U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

The Takeaway

Fighting Breast Cancer for a Second Time: Anita Coleman's Advice for the Rookies

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Anita Coleman was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of this year, at the age of 54. Anita successfully fought the disease once before, in 2001.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Global Market for Human Organs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tracking and fighting the illegal global trade in human flesh.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Hidden World and a Public Hollywood Life

Thursday, July 10, 2014

On today’s show: We’ll find out about the hidden world of illegal trading in human organs. Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant talks about her career on the stage and screen and her new memoir. Tiphanie Yanique tells us about her new novel, Land of Love and Drowning. And we’ll look at the American Dream Megamall, a stalled multibillion dollar redevelopment project in the New Jersey Meadowlands, which may be shaping up to be another scandal for Governor Christie.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Thousands Without Water in Detroit, Fear and Uncertainty in Belfast, and One House of Worship for All

Thursday, July 10, 2014

 

Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Antibiotic sales in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose by more than a third over a decade. Now drugs reserved for the most dangerous bacteria are at risk of losing their effectiveness.

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Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country's cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.

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Do The World Cup's Fluttering Kicks Put Fans' Hearts At Risk?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Researchers found that the number of cardiac emergencies around Munich more than doubled on days when Germany was playing in the 2006 World Cup compared with days when the team was idle.

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After A Bad Bike Crash, Lessons In Limits And Love

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In a guest commentary, Tell Me More producer and road cyclist Amy Ta says she didn't believe in limits until she pushed her body too far.

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What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

What are the biggest sources of stress in Americans' lives? How does stress affect us? What do we do in response? Ask our panel of experts about our recent poll and get stress management tips.

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This Kenyan Runner Can't See But He Has A Far-Reaching Vision

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Henry Wanyoike lost his sight two years after graduating from high school. That didn't stop him from running — and bringing the joy of sports to other disabled Kenyans.

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Volunteer Recap: A Bumpy (And Itchy) Ride Through Tanzania

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Nick Stadlberger, a medical student at Dartmouth, spent a month volunteering at Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam. The scariest moment, he says, was when he boarded a dala dala bus.

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Morning Edition

Researchers Aghast Over Discovery Of Smallpox Vials

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Federal health officials have found six vials of smallpox apparently forgotten in a lab storeroom. Officials want to know where the deadly virus came from and why it was left unsecured for so long.

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Morning Edition

Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, which evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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The Takeaway

Crystal Miller: 28 Years Old and Battling Breast Cancer

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Crystal Miller was just 27-years-old when she felt a lump in her breast that turned out to be cancerous. But despite the diagnosis, Crystal remains the same young, bright New York woman.

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WNYC News

Band-Aid or Breath of Life? Struggling Hospitals Get Federal Aid

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Struggling hospitals across New York are getting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to stay afloat. It's the first step in a long-term plan orchestrated by the Cuomo administration to dramatically change how the state's healthcare system works.

The Health and Hospitals Corporation, the city's public hospital system, ...

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All Things Considered

What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.

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