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Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Most of us aren't as maleficent as the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty," but we're still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.

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Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

People recover better from serious brain injuries if they've had more formal education, researchers say. They're not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.

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All Things Considered

Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Clock Your Sleep: Adults

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work emails keeping you up way too late? You're not alone. Columbia University sleep expert Dr. Carl Bazil says that even though work emails aren't usually an actual emergency, your brain thinks they are and keeps you wide awake. Plus, Harvard's Russell Sanna talks about how your company could prioritize sleep health--like email-free weekends. Yes, please.   

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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Morning Edition

How Hospitals Can Reduce Disabilities For Stroke Patients

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Research finds when hospitals initiate rapid response programs to treat stroke victims, response time is cut and fewer patients die. The stroke patients also have fewer significant disabilities.

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WNYC News

The Harsh Winter Has Unexpected Effects on NYC Environment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring is finally here after one of the longest, coldest snowiest winters in years. Multiple snowfalls and sustained freezing temperatures took a toll on many New Yorker’s psyches, as well as on the natural environment.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Journey through the Science of Sound and Language

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When journalist Lydia Denworth's third son, Alex, was nearly two, he was diagnosed with significant hearing loss that was likely getting worse, a discovery that left her reeling. Her book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language is an investigation into the science of hearing, child language acquisition, neuroplasticity, brain development, and Deaf culture, as a mother strives to find answers for her deaf son.

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WNYC News

SUNY Gets Green Light to Shut Embattled Hospital

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To close a hospital, you need to apply to the state — even if you ARE the state.

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Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The faster people get treatment after suffering a stroke, the less likely they are to be permanently disabled or die. Speeding up hospital procedures helps, studies find. But cost is an issue, too.

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All Things Considered

FDA Advisers Vote Against Approving New Opioid Painkiller

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The developer of Moxduo says the drug, which combines morphine and oxycodone, would provide faster pain relief. But reviewers say there's not enough evidence that the combination drug is safer.

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Psychological Consequences Of Calling Obesity A Disease

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Does thinking about obesity as a disease lead to bad diet choices? A new study suggests so. Crystal Hoyt talks about her new research. Physician Dr. Leslie Walker also weighs in.

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Change Your Income, Change Your Health Insurance Plan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.

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Morning Edition

Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Personal Environmentalism

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To kick off our Earth Day family meeting, we want to hear what environmentalism means to you. Are you constantly conflicted by your energy use? What do you do personally to try to help - or at least not harm - the environment? What fears do you have for the future and what trade-offs do you make?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Earth Day Family Meeting: Let’s Fix This Mess

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We need to talk about the environment. No politics. No hysteria. Just science. Listen live to The Brian Lehrer Show to hear what's happening, what needs to be fixed, and where you fit in. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Bring Back the Oysters

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Billion Oyster Project is restoring oyster beds to New York Harbor. Billion Oyster Project Director Pete Malinowski, also aquaculture program director at the New York Harbor School, and his students, Beni Nedrick and Erin Nolan, explain why it's beneficial for the health of the waterways, marine life and how the shellfish might protect coastal areas from future storm surges.

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Last year a scientist said he'd found a new form of botulinum toxin, and was keeping details secret to keep the recipe from terrorists. But other science and public health labs were shut out, too.

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Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving

Monday, April 21, 2014

A rash of infections in Saudi Arabia could be a warning signal that the deadly virus has reached a tipping point and is ready to spread out of the Middle East, scientists worry.

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UPDATE: Feds Say Powdered Liquor Not Actually Legal

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Treasury Department says it erred in approving dehydrated versions of vodka and mojitos. Red tape will likely keep the high-proof powder off the market for a while.

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