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Playtime With Mom Helps Boost Toddlers' Under-Developed Brains

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Due to malnourishment, some 200 million toddlers in poor countries have under-developed brains. A study in the journal Science suggests more play time with mom can dramatically reverse the damage.

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WNYC News

One Hospital Tells Bronx's Sick: You Call Us, We’ll Call You

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Emergency rooms are expensive, and by the time people get there, things are likely pretty bad. That's why one hospital in the Bronx is trying a new tack — calling patients to coordinate their care.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: PTSD, Life in Captivity, and Art and Music as a Remedy

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

1. Is a Rift Growing Between the U.S. & Poland? | 2. Who Are the Taliban Fighters Released from Guantánamo Bay? | 3. Life After Captivity: What's Next for Bowe Bergdahl | 4. Coal Country Responds to Obama's Carbon Cuts | 5. Your Take: How Art & Music Helps You ...

All Things Considered

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

Monday, June 02, 2014

Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.

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Odds Of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children's Lives

Monday, June 02, 2014

Each year, 1 percent of children are abused or neglected, usually by their parents. By the time children turn 18, about 1 in 8 of them is likely to have been maltreated, an analysis finds.

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91-Year-Old Woman Breaks Marathon Record

Monday, June 02, 2014

Harriette Thompson, a cancer survivor and concert pianist, on Sunday became the second-oldest woman in U.S. history to complete a marathon.

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Native Americans Have Superfoods Right Under Their Feet

Monday, June 02, 2014

Obesity and diabetes rates have soared among Native Americans as sugary, high-carb foods have replaced traditional foods. A study found that 10 wild plants from the Great Plains are highly nutritious.

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Are Pre-Existing Condition Bans For Health Insurance Still With Us?

Monday, June 02, 2014

Contradictory letters from an insurer spur a health reporter to explore why the implementation of this key health law protection turns out to be more complicated than she thought.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rx for the BX: Home Health Aide Industry in Flux

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Bronx is home to a huge number of home health care aides. As WNYC focuses on health care in the Bronx this week, Carol Rodat, New York policy director for PHI PolicyWorks, Ancil Alexander, a peer mentor to home health aides and Carmen Zeno, home health aide with CHCA, explain why the industry is in flux and how it's changing, and how the Affordable Care Act has affected both home health care and the aides who provide it.

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Should Getting High Stop You From Getting Hired?

Monday, June 02, 2014

FBI director James Comey recently quipped that current marijuana policies make it hard to hire good people. Is this a sign of changing attitudes towards hiring and pot?

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'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

Monday, June 02, 2014

The title of Jowita Bydlowska's memoir Drunk Mom pulls no punches. She tells Michel Martin about her struggles with motherhood and addiction.

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WNYC News

The Revolutionaries Who Rescued a Hospital

Monday, June 02, 2014

In 1970, Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was one of the worst in New York City. There were rats in the emergency room, and if you walked in with a stab wound you might walk out with lead poisoning. Then came the Young Lords — and everything changed. This is part 1 of our weeklong series on health care in the Bronx.

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WNYC News

Who Will Heal the Bronx?

Monday, June 02, 2014

People in the Bronx have excellent access to health care. So why are so many of them so sick?

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WNYC News

Tax Soda Calories, Economist Says

Monday, June 02, 2014

A new study says people are more likely to by lower-calorie beverages if sugary ones cost more.

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Morning Edition

Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Monday, June 02, 2014

Women with multiple sclerosis often find that they have fewer problems when they are expecting. That led researchers to develop an experimental drug based on a hormone associated with pregnancy.

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Morning Edition

Tiny Magnetic Beads Help Tame Severe Reflux For Some People

Monday, June 02, 2014

Lots of people have heartburn or gastric reflux, and not all of them are helped by medications. A surgical device may help people with severe symptoms, but it hasn't been tested long term.

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Soundcheck

Jill Sobule Plays Live; The Science And Sound Of Language

Monday, June 02, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule enlisted famous authors to write lyrics about a second-hand charm bracelet she received as a gift. Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, James Marcus, David Hajdu, Mary Jo Salter, and others obliged. Sobule plays a few of the songs live, and Marcus and Hajdu join in for a conversation about the project.

When Lydia Denworth discovered that her two-year-old son had already experienced extreme hearing loss, she began to wonder how sound shapes our earliest perceptions of the world. She talks about her search for answers, and her book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Industries and Allegiances In Flux

Monday, June 02, 2014

The publishing company Hachette is publicly duking it out with Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s contract to sell its books. New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera weighs in. Plus: the Working Families Party’s Cuomo misgivings and a look at big changes in the home health aide industry as part of WNYC's series "Prescription for the Bronx."  

Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology features thousands of presentations but no big news. That's how cancer treatment improves, in small increments.

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Measles Hits 20-Year High In U.S.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that measles outbreaks in the United States are now at a 20-year high, with 288 cases reported in the first five months of 2014.

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