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Health Care Can Be Key To A Better Life For Former Inmates

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The sheriff's department in San Francisco is now enrolling inmates in post-jail health coverage as soon as they enter the system. But even with insurance, former inmates can have trouble getting care.

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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Scientists can't prove a causal link, but the disturbing correlation in the data deserves a closer look, researchers say. Some countries seemed more resilient than others.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Gains Fans, But Remains Unproven

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pro athletes and duffers alike are trying injections of platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic injuries like tennis elbow. But despite thousands of studies, it's not clear that the treatment works.

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WNYC News

Praise for Produce in Poor Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Green carts are all over New York City's food deserts, and a new study shows that the 6-year-old program has vendors making profits and customers coming back.

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More Young Adults Get Inpatient Psychiatric Care After Health Law

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Greater hospital use by the newly insured might be caused by inadequate outpatient resources to treat mental health patients earlier and less expensively.

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Morning Edition

Lobbyists Loom Behind The Scenes Of School Nutrition Fight

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

School food service administrators once supported new healthy food requirements on the nation's school lunch program. But now, they want the rules delayed. And they're getting swept up in politics.

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WNYC News

Local V.A.'s Score High, Mostly

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A new report says VA hospitals in the New York City area have better-than-average wait times, but some need "further review."

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All Things Considered

One Man Takes A Stand — For Weeks Straight — Just To See How It Feels

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Writer Dan Kois speaks with Melissa Block about his recent New York Magazine article, "Sitting Is Bad for You. So I Stopped. For a Whole Month."

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Switching To Newer Insulin For Type 2 Diabetes Comes At A Cost

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

More people are using insulin to control Type 2 diabetes, and most of those people are using newer analog forms. But patients pay more out of pocket for these drugs, a study finds.

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Doctors Don't Know What Women Want To Know About Birth Control

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Doctors tend to think it's most important to discuss how to use contraceptives and whether they're effective, a survey found. But women care more about safety and side effects.

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Moms And Tykes Should Eat More Fish Low In Mercury, Says FDA

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Many mothers-to-be and breastfeeding women were turned off of fish out of mercury concerns. A study finds many of these women now eat too little fish, so two agencies are recommending they eat more.

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Community

When Jean Met Sonia

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

With three kids and a full-time job, Jean's life was already full when she was diagnosed with cancer. She reached out for support through a program at Montefiore Medical Center where she met Sonia Chevannes, a cancer survivor who lent Jean a hand when she needed one.

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Massachusetts Inches Toward Health Insurance For All

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The state is close to having most of its eligible residents covered. But a failed website has delayed the processing of applications, and some of those waiting may yet decide not to buy health plans.

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Giving School Nurses Access To Medical Records Improves Care

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Students come to the school nurse for help with asthma, epilepsy and other chronic problems. Some health systems are letting school nurses read student medical records to help coordinate care.

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From Genes To Fangs: Snake Venom Recipes Remain Mysterious

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The search for a universal treatment for snakebites is complicated by the fact that each species has a very different cocktail of toxins. Even knowing a snake's DNA might not help much.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do Fathers Matter?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Paul Raeburn, blogger, media critic, writer, and the author of Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), looks at what research tells us about a father's impact on his children, from their DNA to their weight.

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Community

Know Your Neighbor

Monday, June 09, 2014

WNYC

Like many in the Bronx, over the years, finding healthcare has been a challenge for Wendy, though she’s now covered by Medicaid. If you work in the healthcare industry in the Bronx, or live there, tell us – what do YOU think will make the Bronx healthier?

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All Things Considered

A Reason To Smile: Mexican Town Is A Destination For Dental Tourism

Monday, June 09, 2014

Los Algodones is tiny, but with help from the Internet, the Mexican border town has become a virtual dental factory, drawing patients from across the U.S. and Canada.

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Taking Statins May Make People Less Physically Active

Monday, June 09, 2014

Millions of people are taking statins to reduce their cholesterol. But people on statins exercise less and sit more, a study finds. And that's a health risk for heart disease and many other ailments.

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