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The Brian Lehrer Show

For Teens, Being Tired Is Normal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Biology makes teenagers want to stay up later, but school means they've got to be up early.

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Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

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Morning Edition

Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

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Morning Edition

After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.

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The Longest Shortest Time

The Missing Chapter to Ina May’s Guide

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

After hearing from mothers dissatisfied with their own birth stories, the founder of the modern midwifery movement says she might need to revise her famous natural birth book. 

All Things Considered

Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.

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All Things Considered

With Some Drug Combinations, Overdose Might Be In The Prescription

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some of the dangers of overdose associated with mixing benzos and opioids arise from primary care doctors actually prescribing the mix. Sean Mackey, the director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at Stanford, explains more.

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All Things Considered

Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.

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Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.

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Operavore

Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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The Takeaway

Hospital Team Prepares to Run Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two members of the Mass General Emergency Response Fund Team discuss their efforts to help victims last year, and their plans to run in this year's marathon for the first time. 

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Morning Edition

Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.

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Morning Edition

The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and HealthCare.gov. But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.

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Morning Edition

Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Not all whole grain breads are created equal. Choosing breads with fully intact grains (think nuggets of whole rye, wheat or millet) may help control blood sugar and stave off hunger.

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The Takeaway

Gov. Deval Patrick on the Boston Bombing | How to Make Passover Sangria | Louisiana Bill Would Make The Bible Official State Book

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Reflects on the Boston Bombing | Audio Essay: Remembering Boston | Can Anyone Stop the Unrest in Ukraine? | How to Make Passover Sangria | Louisiana Bill Would Make The Bible Official State Book | First Responders Mark Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings | Massachusetts Hospital Team ...

All Things Considered

Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scientists have figured out one reason women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's: A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.

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Why Babies Cry At Night

Monday, April 14, 2014

Maybe she's not just hungry. One scientist thinks the chubby bundles have a devious plan: Exhausting a mom delays the arrival of another brother or sister.

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Fresh Air

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

Monday, April 14, 2014

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Getting Enough Vitamin D: More Than Milk And Sunshine

Monday, April 14, 2014

New research finds that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Nutrition professor and author Marion Nestle explains.

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