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Skip The Stirrups: Doctors Rethink Yearly Pelvic Exams

Monday, June 30, 2014

The American College of Physicians says annual pelvic exams aren't necessary for healthy women and could be harmful. But not all doctors agree, and the new recommendation is stirring up debate.

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How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling?

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court says owners of closely held corporations may exercise their religious beliefs. That covers a majority of firms, but experts question how many would want to assert religious views.

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WNYC News

Advocates Say Cuomo's Multi-Prong AIDS Effort Could Use More Prongs

Monday, June 30, 2014

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Observers say the battle will take more than expanding or tweaking current efforts.

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Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.

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Hobby Lobby Ruling Cuts Into Contraceptive Mandate

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court says closely held corporations may be exempted from the health law's contraceptive mandate. Here are some questions and answers about the ruling.

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WNYC News

Supreme Court Rules Against Union Fees For Some Home Care Workers

Monday, June 30, 2014

In a 5-4 ruling, the court recognized a category of "partial public employees" who cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees.

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WNYC News

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Monday, June 30, 2014

The case, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, is perhaps the most important decision of the term. It centers on the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of no-cost prescription contraception.

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Morning Edition

Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

Monday, June 30, 2014

When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.

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Morning Edition

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Monday, June 30, 2014

Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.

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Her Baby Is At Risk: Lauren's Story

Sunday, June 29, 2014

They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.

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Older Moms Take Heart: You May Be More Likely To Live Longer

Saturday, June 28, 2014

There's mounting evidence that women who have children later in life are also more likely to make it to 95 or 100. But delaying childbearing just to live longer is not a good idea.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: A Compromise for Cilantro Haters?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Culantro is a leafy green herb that is a cornerstone of Puerto Rican cooking. But is this cousin to the world's most polarizing herb mild enough to please the skeptics?

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Federal Panel Backs FluMist For Kids, But The Shot Isn't Dead Yet

Friday, June 27, 2014

The live vaccine nose spray protects children better, a federal panel says, but pediatricians aren't sold. They say it's too risky for the many children with asthma or compromised immunity.

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When Heat Stroke Strikes, Cool First, Transport Later

Friday, June 27, 2014

To stop deaths from heat stroke, specialists say athletes and the rest of us should ease into a new sport, drink extra fluid, and — most importantly — get cool fast when body temperature spikes.

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A Doctor Tries To Save A 9-Year-Old Stricken With Ebola

Friday, June 27, 2014

The child was brought to a treatment center in the back of a pickup truck with his dying mother. Doctors knew his condition was dire. But they thought that maybe they could save him.

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Black Men Can Be Emotional Eaters, Too

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kaleb Hill says trauma in his life led him to eat his way to 360 pounds. He tells host Michel Martin about overcoming his mental health struggles, and the importance of asking for help.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health

Friday, June 27, 2014

Postpartum depression is more varied than once thought and it affects a lot of mothers.

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Morning Edition

As Pig Virus Spreads, The Price Of Pork Continues To Rise

Friday, June 27, 2014

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year. There's no cure, but a vaccine that may protect piglets has been approved even though it's still being tested.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Searching for Answers

Friday, June 27, 2014

New York Times health reporter Pam Belluck talks about her two-part series that looks at why postpartum depression may be more common —and varied—than previously thought. Then, the director of a new documentary about Aaron Swartz, the Internet prodigy and activist who took his own life at the age of 26. Richie Mehta discusses his film “Siddarth,” which was inspired by a real-life encounter he had with a man he met on the streets of India, with one of the the film’s stars, Tannishtha Chatterjee. And this week’s Please Explain is all about how to learn a foreign language as an adult—and why it gets more difficult the older you get.

Clashing Accounts Of Heart Attack Case Spark Reader Debate

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Results trump courtesies when a person's health is on the line, some people said. No, others responded, saying that proper treatment also requires a human touch.

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