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Doctors' Offices Get Put On Hold Trying to Find Out Who's Insured

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Verifying that a patient has paid for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can take hours. But if doctors' offices don't check, they can get stuck with the bill.

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Morning Edition

'A' Is For Anxiety, 'G' Is For Guilt: The ABCs Of Breast Cancer

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In 2010, just minutes after sitting in on an interview with President Obama, NPR's Madhulika Sikka got a life-changing phone call: She had breast cancer. Her new book is a guide to what happens next.

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Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A new virus in the Middle East has sickened more than 180 people and killed an alarming 43 percent of them. But scientists haven't been sure where the virus originates or how people catch it.

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Sriracha Chemistry: How Hot Sauces Perk Up Your Food And Your Mood

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sriracha and other spicy condiments make us feel so good, even when they burn so bad. So what's going on in our tongues? A video breaks down the beloved hot sauce into its molecular components.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Obese Kids, Adult Diseases

Monday, February 24, 2014

Kids who are extremely overweight are becoming biological adults long before their normal weight peers - and with childhood obesity on the rise, more and more kids are at high risk for obesity-related conditions like cirrhosis, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk

Monday, February 24, 2014

Improvements in doctors' ability to detect breast cancer have outpaced our understanding of what to do about it. Doctors and their patients need to work through the options together.

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Legal Drinking Age Of 21 Saves Lives, Even Though It's Flouted

Monday, February 24, 2014

Since most college students drink, why not lower the drinking age to 18? That would encourage more responsible behavior, some college presidents say. But a study says it would hurt more than help.

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Why Pediatricians Want To Check 9-Year-Olds' Cholesterol

Monday, February 24, 2014

The annual well-child visit should be about a lot more than getting shots, doctors say. New guidelines for checkups include screening tools for depression and substance abuse starting at age 11.

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Morning Edition

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain

Monday, February 24, 2014

Izidor Ruckel lived in a Romanian orphanage where children were neglected. Scientists say that lack of attention can damage a child's brain. But Ruckel thinks his adoptive parents' love saved him.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Remnick on Sochi; Obamacare Rollout Problems; MFA or NYC

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Sochi Olympics wrapped up over the weekend. New Yorker editor David Remnick recaps the politically-tense Winter Games. Plus: MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter explains how President Obama’s management style led to what Alter calls the failure of the launch of the Affordable Care Act and the author of The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach, and literary agent Mel Flashman discuss the two different routes contemporary fiction writers can take to achieve professional success. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Analyzing the Obamacare Rollout Failure

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jonathan Alter, MSNBC analyst and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster, 2010), talks DC politics and his Foreign Affairs analysis of the how the president's management style led to a failed launch of the ACA.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Studying Abroad, Bosnia, Obesity and Age, Affordable Housing

Monday, February 24, 2014

On today's show: Time magazine writer Amanda Ripley talks about following three American high school students as they studied abroad for a year in countries with higher standards, better teaching, and more motivated students. Then, Kenan Trebincevic discusses his memoir, The Bosnia List, about returning to Bosnia 20 years after he and his family fled the war there. Time magazine reporter Alice Park on the problems of obesity in children. Plus, New York Observer reporter Chris Pomorski looks at why efforts to incorporate affordable housing into real estate development plans like Hudson Yards have had mixed results, and what changes the de Blasio administration plans to make.

Alcoholics Learn To Make Their Own Beer In Canadian Program

Friday, February 21, 2014

In a twist on the old "teach a man to fish" adage, a Vancouver group teaches inveterate alcoholics to brew their own booze. The goal? Keeping them from drinking unsafe liquids that contain alcohol.

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Overdiagnosis Could Be Behind Jump In Thyroid Cancer Cases

Friday, February 21, 2014

The number of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer has tripled since 1975, but more lives haven't been saved as a result.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: It's Millet Time

Friday, February 21, 2014

You may know millet as those yellow grains in bird food, but it's delicious people food, too. Food writer Mark Scarbrough talked about the gluten-free grain and shared a recipe for Millet Burgers with Olives, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Pecorino.

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Enterprising Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Marijuana Clinic

Friday, February 21, 2014

Danielle Lei, 13, set up her table of Girl Scout cookies outside The Green Cross dispensary in San Francisco and sold a whopping 117 boxes in a single day.

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How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido's Brain

Friday, February 21, 2014

Anyone who's had MRI knows how hard it is to lie motionless. But the dogs that participated in this brain-scanning experiment aced the test. Maybe the treats did it.

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Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration says the long list of side effects read rapidly at the end of pharmaceutical ads may be too much for people to grasp. The agency is looking at a streamlined approach.

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WNYC News

Deal Reached on Future of Long Island College Hospital

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SUNY will be allowed to rid itself of the money-losing LICH, and community members opposed to closing the hospital will get a voice in its redevelopment.

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Doctors Urge Patience, And Longer Labor, To Reduce C-Sections

Thursday, February 20, 2014

For many women, a safe, healthy labor lasts longer than the times cited as normal, according to guidelines from the nation's obstetricians. Giving women more time ups the odds of a vaginal delivery.

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