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Science Friday

SciFri: SciFri’s Winter Nature Photo Contest Winner...Revealed!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Winter Nature Photo Contest judge John Weller discusses your top shots.

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Science Friday

SciFri: EncROACHment: New York’s Invasive Cockroaches

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rutgers University entomologists unravel clues to identify a new invasive roach species in New York City.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Could a Blood Test Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In a preliminary study, researchers identified 10 lipids in the blood that correlated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s.

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Statins Might Not Cause Aching Muscles, But Diabetes Risk Is Real

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An analysis of research on the cholesterol-lowering drugs shows that most side effects are no more common with them than with placebo drugs. But statins can raise the risk of diabetes.

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Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Learning to garden and cook with cheap, healthful produce helped JuJu Harris survive while raising seven kids on public assistance. In a new cookbook, she shares her tips for struggling moms.

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Morning Edition

Wake Up And Smell The Caffeine. It's A Powerful Drug

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Around the world, many of us start our day with a drug derived from a natural insecticide: caffeine. Murray Carpenter tells the tale in Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.

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WNYC News

A New Kind of Hospital Emerges in the Bronx

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Health leaders say "freestanding" emergency rooms could be the wave of the future for many hospitals – especially ones on the brink of closure.

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Freakonomics Radio

“It’s Fun to Smoke Marijuana”

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A psychology professor argues that the brain's greatest attribute is knowing what other people are thinking. And that a Queen song, played backwards, can improve your mind-reading skills.

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Foul Weather Begets Foul Moods Online

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bad moods — and good ones — can infect social networks at the speed of a keyboard click, according to researchers who gauged the effect of a rainy day on the emotional spin of Facebook posts.

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All Things Considered

How A Series Of Mistakes Hobbled Minnesota's Health Exchange

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The difficulty states have had getting their marketplaces working has been one of the biggest setbacks for Obamacare. Miscommunication, technology failures and management errors all hit in Minnesota.

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The Takeaway

Living to 100: Science Takes on Life Expectancy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Would you want to live to be 100-years-old, or even older? And if everyone could, what excites or worries you about what the future has in store? S. Jay Olshansky, a professor in the school of public health the University of Illinois at Chicago, knows a lot about human aging through the centuries and what society stands to gain—or lose—from having a much larger, older human population. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the history of life expectancy.

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Healthier Patients May Have To Wait For Costly Hepatitis C Drugs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Private insurers, as well as those serving Medicaid patients, are wrestling with how to cover the new drugs. Many say they will require prior approval and may be limited to the sickest patients.

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Who Says Food Porn Has To Be Dominated By Junk Food?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Carrots don't stand much of a chance against cronuts when it comes to tweets and Instagrams about food. The new Food Porn Index aims to change the conversation by tracking our virtual cravings.

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All Things Considered

Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Research involving more than 1,500 patients suggests people with Crohn's may have too many of the types of gut bacteria that tend to rile the immune system and too few that reduce inflammation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Emergency by Appointment

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

An investigation from Bloomberg News reveals that some cardiologists route uninsured patients who need stents through the Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room, in order to make sure the (very expensive) procedure is paid for. Many of these patients already had appointments with the hospital cath-lab, and some may not have needed the procedure in the first place. Gary Putka, Bloomberg News editor, explains the tactic, as well as other irregularities within Mount Sinai that lead to huge profits, though maybe not what's best for patients' health.

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The Takeaway

Inside the Paralympics: Snowboarding

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Snowboarding makes its debut at the Paralympic Winter Games this year in Sochi. The inclusion of the sport is crucial to the growth of the Paralympic movement, which strives to gain more viewers, athletes, and supporters. Athlete Cristina Albert  is making her first-ever appearance at the Games as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Snowboard Team. She joins The Takeaway to tell her inspiring journey to the top of her sport.

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WNYC News

The Way to Curb Overdose Deaths, One Spray at a Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Remember that scene in the movie "Pulp Fiction" when the John Travolta character plunges a syringe full of adrenaline into the chest of Uma Thurman, who is overdosing? It turns out a real heroin overdose is easier to reverse — and much safer.

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Morning Edition

You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sure, you thought, I can avoid buying health insurance because the tax penalty is just $95. But some people may be on the hook for thousands of dollars more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks Commissioner Search; Comptroller DiNapoli; Mount Sinai Irregularities; Composting Pilot Program

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The search for the new city parks commissioner is ongoing. New York Magazine’s Chris Smith explains why it’s complicated. Then: New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli talks about this year's Wall Street bonuses and a new report that shows New Yorkers spend too much on housing. Plus: author and Bloomberg News reporter Bob Ivry on his new book, The Seven Sins of Wall Street; an investigation into irregularities at Mount Sinai Hospital; and a check-in on the city’s pilot program for composting as it prepares to expand this spring. 

The Takeaway

Is Bossy the New "B" Word? Should it be Banned? | Traveling the 1,179 Mile Journey of the Keystone XL Pipeline | Living to 100: Science Takes on Life Expectancy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Keystone XL: The 1,179 Mile Journey from Alberta to Nebraska | Rethinking E-Waste Recycling | Is Bossy the New "B" Word? Should it be Banned? | The Dangers of the Debo Adegbile Vote | For the First Time Ever, Snowboarding Hits the Slopes at the Paralympics | Decoding the Tech Jargon at SXSW | Living Longer: Life Expectancy and the Future of Health Policy