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Ready, Set, Spray! Brazil Battles Dengue Ahead Of The World Cup

Thursday, May 29, 2014

With more than a million visitors expected for the games, Brazilian authorities are trying to control the mosquitoes that carry the disease and stop a sudden spike of cases in Sao Paulo.

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The Takeaway

The Unrealized Dream of the 3-Hour Work Day

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Economist John Maynard Keynes once predicted that technological innovation would make the U.S. fantastically wealthy and everyone would enjoy far more leisure time. He was right about one part.

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Measles Hits Amish Communities, And U.S. Cases Reach 20-Year High

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Because more people are refusing vaccines, measles can spread when people bring it to the U.S. from abroad. That's what's behind the high number of cases this year, with 288 so far.

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Science Friday

Laser Blast Can Regrow Teeth, in Rats

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Zapping dental stem cells with lasers appears to switch on production of new dentin, the hard stuff under tooth enamel.

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Science Friday

The Lineup of Cancer Threats Is Changing

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A recent study projects that by 2030, pancreatic cancer will become the second most deadly type of cancer in the U.S. after lung cancer.

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Science Friday

How Touch Helps Us Emotionally Experience the World

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Researchers describe a type of nerve that helps us understand social interactions and emotion.

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Science Friday

A Decade After the Genome, Scientists Map the 'Proteome'

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nearly all the body's cells contain identical DNA. So why does a neuron grow up so differently than a liver cell? Proteins, says Akhilesh Pandey, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University.

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Science Friday

Why Do Some Songs Stick in Our Heads?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

“Earworms” are song fragments that get stuck in our mind.

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Science Friday

How Can Airline Tracking Improve?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How can a commercial airliner go missing, and what can we do to improve tracking technology?

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Science Friday

What’s ‘I,’ and Why?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In Me, Myself, and Why, science writer Jennifer Ouellette probes the science of self.

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Medicare Frequently Overpays Doctors For Patients' Visits

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The agency that runs Medicare said it doesn't plan to review the billings of doctors who almost always charge for the most expensive visits because it isn't cost-effective to do so.

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The Takeaway

VA Investigation: Delayed Care Is Rampant

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new report on the VA by the Office of The Inspector General confirms that VA administrators manipulated medical waiting lists at one and possibly more hospitals. The report shows that that similar kinds of manipulation were “systemic throughout” the VA healthcare system.

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Doctors Say They Would Shun Aggressive Treatment When Near Death

Thursday, May 29, 2014

There's a big difference between the kind of death doctors say they want and the care the average person receives at the end of life. Doctors want less rather than more.

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Morning Edition

The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mental health programs are getting extra attention after the killing spree in California. A law in the state lets authorities mandate care in some cases. Here are the questions it's raised.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Doctors and Patients Share Notes

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lena Sun, health reporter at The Washington Post, discusses her story on a pilot program at a Boston hospital that allows mental health patients to read the notes their doctors are writing during therapy sessions. The program grew out of a national push for more access to health records for patients, but some patients and doctors worry that care will suffer.

 

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Freakonomics Radio

The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says ... Are you sure?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Greenwald Reacts to Snowden, The West Point Goat, and an Inside Look at the Curse of Busyness

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Glenn Greenwald on Snowden's Latest Revelations | How Farmers Skirt Water Laws in CA | VA Investigation Reveals Delayed Care Is Rampant | The Curious Tradition of the West Point Goat | The Key to Better Sleep: A Digital Detox | The Unrealized Dream of the 3-Hour Work Day

The Brian Lehrer Show

For the Love of Science With Alan Alda; Lyrics as Evidence?; Doctors’ Notes

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The World Science Festival kicks off this week, so actor and science enthusiast Alan Alda and festival co-founder Brian Greene preview some of their favorite events. Plus: a look at a pilot program that lets some patients read what their therapists have written about them; The history of New York City’s role as one of the world’s financial powerhouses; and are rap lyrics art…or evidence?

All Things Considered

Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Financial problems have led many hospitals to shut down completely. Georgia is issuing licenses to rural hospitals that would allow them to become nothing more than free-standing emergency rooms.

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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The study is the first to test an oral vaccine in the middle of an outbreak — in Guinea in 2012. And it offered a remarkable degree of protection against this deadly disease.

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