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Young People Lag Behind In Health Insurance Enrollment

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One-quarter of the people who have signed up for private insurance through the federal and state exchanges are young adults. Insurers are counting on their participation to keep premiums manageable.

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All Things Considered

To Sell Health Care To Young People, Obama Steps 'Between Two Ferns'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

President Obama's pitch for his health care law has brought him to an awkward place: "Between Two Ferns." In a bid to up the enrollment of young people, Obama visited Zach Galifianakis' Internet show.

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All Things Considered

March Marks A Crucible For Obamacare As Deadline Nears

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Facing a deadline, the Obama administration is desperate to boost enrollment in health care exchanges. Still millions from their goal, they're stepping up outreach and forgetting politics — for now.

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All Things Considered

Genetic Sequencing May Not Be Ready To Become Routine

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sequencing someone's genetic code may seem a good way to raise warnings on health risks. But results can be a confusing mess of information that only leaves patients and doctors needlessly scared.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Growing PTSD Crisis Among Civilians

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Americans in violent neighborhoods are developing PTSD at rates similar to combat veterans. But some doctors say they're afraid to screen for it because their patients won't be able to get treatment.

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Questions Remain About Whether Doctors Can Curb Children's Drug Use

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the absence of evidence about what works best to discourage drug use among teens and kids, doctors are left with their own judgment and clinical experience to fall back on.

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Obesity Linked To Lower Grades Among Teen Girls

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The reason for the link isn't clear, but researchers say obesity's effect on self-image and self-esteem might be partly to blame.

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Tiny In-Nose Filters Aim To Keep Allergies At Bay

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tiny Nose Filters sounds like a prog-rock band on NPR. But these filters do exist. They're designed to block allergens, and one study says they help. Other allergists aren't yet convinced.

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Soundcheck

Pick The Songs For Our Running Playlist

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This year, Soundcheck is offering up no fewer than two of its producers to Sunday's New York City Half Marathon. Help us build a playlist to carry us across the finish line. 

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On Identity, Depression And Listening: Andrew Solomon Answers Your Questions

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Writer Andrew Solomon on depression, identity, and listening in tough situations.

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Deadline Nears To Buy Or Switch Obamacare Coverage

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

People who were stymied by website snafus when trying to sign up for health insurance may be able to get retroactive subsidies or choose a different plan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Sovern on 60 Years at Columbia; "A Doll's House" at BAM; Hospitals and PTSD; Robert Wagner on Hollywoon

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On today’s show: Michael Sovern describes serving as president of Columbia University throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, helping to turn the university  around after the student unrest of 1968. Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan talk about starring in BAM’s production of “A Doll’s House.” We’ll find out why hospitals still don’t have a systematic approach to diagnosing PTSD in civilians. Robert  Wagner looks back at Hollywood’s Golden Age—the stars, the parties, and the movie business he was a part of in the 1940s and 50s.

The Takeaway

Another Cold War? Russia Can't Afford It | Music Identity from SXSW to Seattle | J. Craig Venter on Living Well to the Age of 150

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How Does a Plane Go Missing? | Another Cold War? Russia Can't Afford It | Florida Race Offers Swing State Insights | Inside the Paralympics: The Biathlon | From SXSW to Seattle: Music and Music Identity Across America | J. Craig Venter on Living Well to the Age of 150

As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls

Monday, March 10, 2014

More people reported being covered by insurance they purchased themselves or by Medicaid. The percentage who said they were covered by employer plans fell slightly.

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All Things Considered

Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down

Monday, March 10, 2014

A recent study finds that a casino's expansion was associated with an increase in family income in its community. In turn, that increase in household income helped lead to a decrease in childhood obesity.

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Memories Can Go Astray When We Step Outside Our Bodies

Monday, March 10, 2014

Virtual reality can make people feel like they are experiencing the world outside of their bodies. The sensation can make it hard for the people to remember what happened to them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Has BPA Fight Obscured Wider Dangers of Plastics?

Monday, March 10, 2014

BPA was identified as a harmful plastic additive years ago, and it's largely been replaced. But recent studies show that many plastics contain similar chemicals that could be just as bad for us.

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Why Kids Leave The E.R. With Concussions

Monday, March 10, 2014

Emergency rooms could do a lot more to treat children with concussions, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Dr. Shireen Atabaki, one of the study's lead authors, explains.

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Morning Edition

Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online

Monday, March 10, 2014

It used to be parents worried that their kids were hanging out with the wrong crowd. Now they need to worry about hanging out with the wrong crowd on Instagram. But do online influences matter?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Questioning the Safety of Plastics; the Perils of Approaching 50; Shifting Demographics; Galadrielle Allman Remembers Her Father

Monday, March 10, 2014

For the last few years we’ve been told to steer clear of plastics that contain the chemical Bisphenol A. On today’s show: we’ll tell you why you should be concerned about BPA-free plastics as well. Annabelle Gurwitch on the perils and pitfalls that come with approaching 50. We’ll take a look at how changes in our economy, family structure, gender norms, technology, and religious affiliations are creating major demographic shifts in our country. Galadrielle Allman talks about how the death of her father Duane when she was just 2 years old, shaped her life.