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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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All Things Considered

Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The worm causes a debilitating intestinal disease called schistosomiasis. And the parasite is spreading rapidly because of an economic boom along the shores of East Africa's Lake Malawi.

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Today's Heroin Addict Is Young, White And Suburban

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Heroin became notorious in the 1960s as an urban drug of abuse, but its resurgence is fueled by young people in rural and suburban areas, a study finds. Most first used prescription opioids.

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All Things Considered

Report Finds Systemic Problems With VA Wait Lists

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In a new report released Wednesday, the inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs says that the department has frequently manipulated records to hide medical care delays. Investigators focused their probe on a hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The inspector general's interim report said some 1,700 patients at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on unofficial wait lists and subjected to treatment delays of up to 115 days.

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American Teens Are Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Children tend to become less physically active as they move into their teenage years. But less than half of those ages 12 to 15 are meeting even minimal standards for aerobic fitness, the CDC reports.

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Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A new study funded by the beverage industry suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. Researchers speculate that soda made people less hungry.

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WNYC News

Bill de Blasio, Friend to Ferrets Far and Wide

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some 15 years after Rudy Giuliani outraged ferret owners across the city by banning their beloved pets, Mayor de Blasio has proposed letting the little weasels back in. 

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Can Employers Dump Workers On Health Exchanges? Yes, For A Price

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A recent IRS rule bars employers from offering workers tax-free subsidies to buy policies. But a company could still cancel its plan and leave workers to buy individual policies on the marketplaces.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Unsealing (Adoption) Records

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Andrew Kitchenman, healthcare writer for the New Jersey Spotlight, discusses a bill that just passed the New Jersey Legislature that would give adoptees much more information about their birth families, including family medical history and access to their own birth records.

 

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Morning Edition

How To Shop For Long-Term Care Insurance

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Buying insurance is always a gamble — weighing the total cost of monthly premiums against the chance that you'll need pricey care. So how can you tell if long-term care insurance is right for you?

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New Tech City

Hi, I’m David, and I’m a Digital Addict

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Find out how one man used technology to cure his technology addiction.

 

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California Lawmakers Vote To Require Condom Use In Porn Films

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Health officials praised the bill, which passed the California Assembly on Tuesday. The porn industry warned it could force them to move their multibillion-dollar business out of state.

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All Things Considered

High School Coach Sports A Running Streak Even Forrest Gump Would Envy

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Melissa Block talks to California high school cross country coach Jon Sutherland, just moments after he broke the record for the longest running streak in the U.S.: 16,438 days in a row.

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Paleo For Dogs? Vets Say Trendy Diet Could Make Humans Sick

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Some dog owners favor a raw food diet because they believe it's how their pets' ancestors ate in the wild. But vets worry that people could be exposed to pathogens if pets are eating raw meat.

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When Older People Walk Now, They Stay Independent Later

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nobody wants to spend their final years unable to walk, but that sad fate afflicts many people as they age. A little exercise helps a lot, especially if people can do it in social groups.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet NYC's New Sanitation Chief

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kathryn Garcia talks about succeeding John Doherty, the department's plans for recycling, summer cleanup and — yes — next year's snow.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Clock Your Sleep: Winner Crowned

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The results of the two-week sleep team challenge are in, and a winner will be crowned. Tune in to hear which team won - was it team Digital Detox, led by New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi? The Vice Squad, captained by On the Media's PJ Vogt and Brooke Gladstone? Or was it Rock Your Routine, led by The Takeaway host John Hockenberry

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The Takeaway

Are Kids Getting Enough Playtime?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The average American school kid gets 27 minutes for recess — and that number is falling. Other countries put a much higher premium on unregulated play. Are they onto something?

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