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The Leonard Lopate Show

Can 23andMe "Solve Health"?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The company 23andMe has attracted the ire of the FDA for offering at home-genetic testing for dozens of complex diseases. The company has already extracted and analyzed the DNA of 650,000 people, making it one of the biggest genetic banks in the world. New York magazine contributing editor Lisa Miller talks about speaking with the company’s founder, Anne Wojcicki, about her quest to “solve health” through big data analysis of her customers genetic information.

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All Things Considered

Heroin Recovery And Redemption Where You'd Least Expect It

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kicking opiate addition is always hard, even with support. Lance Rice got that help from a very unlikely source: a woman whose house he had robbed to get money for heroin.

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Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Officials in Columbus, Ohio, are scrambling to contain a burst of mumps cases. There's a new clinic open for vaccinations, and Ohio State University is teaching students how to protect themselves.

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Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. Before the outbreak, Equatorial Guinea had been free of polio for nearly 15 years.

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Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

Saturday, April 19, 2014

From increased depression and suicidal thoughts to social isolation and lower socioeconomic status, the negative consequences of being bullied can last well into middle age, a large study suggests.

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All Things Considered

One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

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Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use

Friday, April 18, 2014

Discreet and almost odorless, vaporizer pens for pot are growing in popularity. But the devices are a nightmare for parents because they make it hard to know if kids are using marijuana.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

But Who Picks Those Locally Sourced Beets?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Margaret Gray, associate professor of political science at Adelphi University and the author of Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic (University of California Press, 2013), argues that the locavore movement needs to look at the labor practices of those small family farms.

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Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated

Friday, April 18, 2014

A mumps outbreak in Ohio has ballooned to 234 cases, even though the community is well-protected against the virus. One scientist explains why this "vaccine failure" occurs.

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Morning Edition

Updated Obamacare Enrollment Exceeds Estimates

Friday, April 18, 2014

President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.

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New Jersey News

The Risks Parents Take to Get Their Kids Medical Marijuana

Friday, April 18, 2014

WNYC

Delays in New Jersey's medical marijuana program have desperate parents importing it from other states, and making their own concoctions for young and disabled children.

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The Takeaway

Hope for Peace in Russia-Ukraine Conflict | Boston Marathon Director Prepares for Emotional Race | Can Web Reality Project Help the Homeless?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Brzezinski: Hope for Peace in Russia-Ukraine Conflict | Uncertain Future for Abducted Nigerian School Girls | Boston Marathon Director Prepares for Emotional Race | ACA Exceeds Sign Up Expectations | New Movie Reviews of the Week | How Aircrafts Attract Their Wealthiest Customers | Can New Web Reality Experience Promote ...

The Takeaway

Emotions Run High for Boston Marathon Director

Friday, April 18, 2014

Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray has run in 41 Boston Marathons and overseen the past 26. He joins The Takeaway before the most emotional race he has ever prepared for in his career.

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All Things Considered

When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: Flowers You Can Eat

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Violas aren't just musical instruments. They're edible flowers that can fancy up your spring salads and, in ice cube form, help convince your kids to stay hydrated. Annie Novak from the New York Botanical Garden has the details on why and how.

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All Things Considered

Following Enrollment Deadline, Health Care Focus Turns To States

Thursday, April 17, 2014

President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.

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Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million

Thursday, April 17, 2014

At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.

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Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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All Things Considered

First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Spotting Earth's Cousin in the Cosmos

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Astronomers have found a planet about the size of Earth, far enough from its star to host liquid water.

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