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NY Throws Shade on Tanning Salon

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The investigation found that Hollywood Tans claimed tanning can "help your body create vitamin D to prevent cancer."

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A Booming Economy Doesn't Save Children From Malnutrition

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It seems to make sense that economic growth automatically leads to better nutrition for children, and better health. But an analysis of 36 countries finds that's not true.

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WNYC News

New Health Commissioner's Tale of Two Beverages

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Under Mayor de Blasio's new health commissioner, soda is still OUT. So what else is new? Listening to people, instead of dictating.

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All Things Considered

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The organization of certain brain cells in children with autism seems already different from that of typical children by the sixth or seventh month of fetal development, a study hints.

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All Things Considered

That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

President Obama often said that March 31 was the hard deadline to sign up for individual health insurance. But it turns out it's not so hard. Here's the latest on that slightly squishy deadline.

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A 'Silent Killer' Returns: Live Chat With Filmmaker On Fighting TB

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PBS traveled to the epicenter of a terrifying epidemic. We're chatting with the film's maker to learn how the world can stop drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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Therapists' Apps Aim To Help With Mental Health Issues

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

There are lots of apps out there that claim to improve your mental health, but precious few have actually been tested to see if they work. Psychologists are starting to give that a try.

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All Things Considered

Fewer People Are Getting Infections In Hospitals, But Many Still Die

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More than 70,000 deaths a year are caused by hospital-acquired infections, a CDC survey of U.S. hospitals finds. The numbers are improving, doctors say, but not fast enough.

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Bogus Pills Found In Bottles Of Weight-Loss Drug In 7 States

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The bottles that appear to have been tampered with contained tablets and capsules in various shapes and colors, rather than the turquoise capsule used for the over-the-counter medication alli.

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The Takeaway

As Deadline Looms, Some Still Wary of ACA

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

As of March 17th, over five million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Eric Sturgis, a 47-year-old business owner from Tacoma, WA, tried to sign up at Healthcare.gov but, because of tech issues, he's still in limbo. Others like Chad Lindsey, a 31-year-old from Arlington, TX, say it's cheaper to pay the fine than to pay for insurance because his deductible is so high.

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In California, Asian-Americans Flock To Health Coverage

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

California has signed up over 1 million people on its insurance exchange. People of Asian descent represent a high percentage of sign-ups, but some subgroups have proved hard to reach.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The ACA Deadline Is Coming

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The deadline to start signing up for health insurance if you aren't covered is March 31st (Monday), and the White House has just announced some more important dates. Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health policy analyst for PBS NewsHour and former editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs, explains what happens if you don't sign up, your options, and the state of the policy.

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Most Uninsured Don't Know Health Coverage Deadline Looms

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Obama administration says some people will be able to extend the enrollment process past March 31. But failing to start the process by then can have serious financial consequences.

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WNYC News

Does Poverty Make You Sick?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New health rankings find that these two counties are among the least healthy in the nation.

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The Takeaway

A World on The Edge: Echoes of 1914 in 2014 | Is Technology Dehumanizing the Workforce? | Washington's Mudslides: An Unfolding Tragedy

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A World on The Edge: Echoes of 1914 in 2014 | As Deadline Looms, Some Still Wary of ACA | Washington's Mudslides: An Unfolding Tragedy | The Takeaway TV Smackdown - Round 4 | Reigniting The Flame of Women in Tech | Is Technology Dehumanizing the Workforce?

Some Will Get Extra Time To Enroll In Health Insurance

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

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WNYC News

Brooklynites Upbeat But Wary of Hospital Bidders

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nine bidders are competing to take over Long Island College Hospital, which the State University of New York has been trying to sell for the last year.

Local residents of the Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill neighborhoods gathered Tuesday night to learn about the proposals and voice concerns ...

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All Things Considered

The Sources And Symptoms Of A Disease With A Global Reputation

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Following the news of an Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Robert Siegel speaks with Pierre Rollin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the virus' symptoms, transmission and containment.

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All Things Considered

Thinking Of Retiring? Consider Your Health

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Retirement may not be so good for your mental and physical health, a lot of research suggests — or at least not good for everybody.

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All Things Considered

90-Day Grace Period Under New Health Law Has Insurers Flustered

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Under the Affordable Care Act, the grace period to pay a health insurance premium late has been extended to 90 days. Eric Whitney of CPR reports that this extension has insurers and doctors worried.

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