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Despite National Decline, in NYC Tuberculosis Ticks Upward

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Not an epidemic — but the trend is troubling.

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All Things Considered

Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The human nose may be able to distinguish more than a trillion different odors and fragrances, research hints. If true, our noses are much more discerning with smells than our eyes are with color.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Sculpting Science

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paleo-artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts discuss the intersection between art and science.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Food Failures: Knead-to-Know Science Behind Bread

Thursday, March 20, 2014

America's Test Kitchen editorial director Jack Bishop talks about the science behind a perfect loaf.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Digital Gets Physical

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Scientists Test What the Nose Knows

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A new study claims the human nose can distinguish one trillion unique smells.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A Bird-Like ‘Chicken From Hell’ Dino Discovery

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Anzu wyliei was a toothless, bird-like dinosaur that weighed 500 pounds.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Detecting the ‘Bang’ from the Big Bang

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Researchers detected waves coming just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Also on Today's Show Some news out of Australia could have some big implications for the Malaysian jetliner mystery...A new face of the 9/11 terrorist attacks took to the stand yesterday in a federal courtroom in Manhattan...The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has announced that 50 percent of Syria's declared stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed...Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair pleaded guilty to mistreating his mistress and other charges. But today a judge decided that he will not serve time in prison and he'll keep his pension.

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Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says millions of dollars have been saved by testing immigrants and refugees for tuberculosis before they enter the U.S.

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Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Evidence has long suggested that exercise may help prevent breast cancer. After looking at cancer risk in 4 million women, French researchers concluded any type of exercise is beneficial.

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French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some people are more likely than others to gain weight from frequently indulging in fried foods, scientists say. You can blame Mom and Dad for passing on the obesity risk genes.

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Cholesterol Guidelines Could Mean Statins For Half Of Adults Over 40

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New advice to reduce heart attacks and strokes could more than double the number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statins to 56 million. The expansion could cost as much as $7 billion a year.

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Freakonomics Radio

Women Are Not Men (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that's not always a bad thing.

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Ad For Surgical Robot Violated University of Illinois Policies

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A medical center surgical team endorsed the da Vinci robot in an advertisement that ran in The New York Times Magazine in January. A university review found no fraud but said rules weren't followed.

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Most U.S. Women Wouldn't Know A Stroke If They Saw Or Felt One

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Acting fast can be key to preventing permanent damage from a stroke. But many women don't realize that face or arm numbness, speech trouble or abrupt, severe headache can mean it's time to call 911.

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All Things Considered

To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When doctors ran out of treatment options for her dying husband, Oxana Rucsineanu took matters into her own hands. The costly new drug she got for him has menacing side effects, but it might save him.

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All Things Considered

In ACA March Madness, Obama's Bracket Is Just A Role Player

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In an annual ritual, President Obama filled out his NCAA tournament bracket. Beyond his picks, though, he's got an ulterior motive — convincing young people to enroll in health care exchanges.

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All Things Considered

Alzheimer's Diagnosis Expanding To Catch Early Warning Signs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The approach would recognize changes in behavior and in the brain. Right now there are no treatments that slow down the disease, but identifying high-risk patients early on could help with prevention.

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Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Despite evidence to the contrary, many Americans believe cellphones cause cancer and that health officials are covering it up. Discredited theories about vaccines and fluoridation also remain popular.

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