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SciFri: Stem Cell Research Update

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Researchers in a recent study report creating stem cells in 30 minutes through an acid bath.

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The 10 Places Where Health Insurance Costs The Least

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What sets these bargain markets apart? They tend to have robust competition among hospitals and doctors, allowing insurers to wrangle lower rates. Many of the best deals are to be had in Minnesota, where managed care has long held prices in check.

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With This Year's Flu, Young Adults Are Not So Invincible

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Young people are usually less likely to become seriously ill with flu, but this season looks like an exception to that rule. Blame the H1N1 strain. Even though the flu vaccine is less than perfect, getting a shot each year can make the illness less severe, doctors say.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Japanese War Crimes Suspect and an Unsolved Mystery from World War II

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the wake of World War II, the Allied forces charged 28 Japanese men with crimes against humanity. Eric Jaffe tells the story of one of the accused, a civilian named Okawa Shumei. On the first day of the Tokyo trial, he made headlines around the world by slapping star defendant and wartime prime minister Tojo Hideki on the head. Had Okawa lost his sanity? Or was he faking madness to avoid a grim punishment? Jaffee tells the story in his book A Curious Madness

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Marry? (Part 1)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The myths of modern marriage.

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WNYC News

NJ Obamacare Enrollment Lower Than Expected

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

About 55,000 New Jersey residents have signed up for coverage under the federal health insurance exchange, and about one in four of them are in the much-sought-after 18-to-34-year-old age category, according to newly released figures from the federal Health and Human Services Department.

Experts in the Garden State say the ...

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Latest Evidence Against Mammograms Adds To Women's Uncertainty

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Canadian study finds no reduction in deaths over the long haul for women who got mammograms to detect breast cancer beginning in the 1980s. It's the latest study to raise questions about the value of regular mammograms. But radiologists faulted the study as flawed and rejected its conclusions.

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After January Surge, 3.3 Million Have Enrolled In Obamacare

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Slightly more women than men are signing up for coverage. The most popular plans are the silver ones, the third-most generous type among the four main kinds offered on insurance exchanges around the country.

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Judge Dismisses Assisted Suicide Case Against Pennsylvania Nurse

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Barbara Mancini was charged with assisting her father's suicide by providing him with a lethal dose of morphine. A judge's decision in her favor is the latest in a series of developments signaling a reluctance of courts and state legislatures to criminalize medical care that may hasten death.

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The Takeaway

School Lunches Come With a Serving of Politics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last year, more than 5 billion school lunches were served to over 30 million students across the country through The National School Lunch Program. In total, more than 224 billion lunches have been served since the program’s start. But with every lunch comes new criticism of the program. Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition and Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has given this issue much thought. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the main obstacles to better lunches and what the lunch program of the future should look like.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Proposed Ban on Microplastics in New York State

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Long Island Assemblyman Robert Sweeney announced new legislation this week which would ban plastic microbeads, the tiny abrasive particles commonly used in personal care products. The legislation would make New York State the first in the country to outlaw the beads, which are turning up in waterways and fish. Last month we spoke with Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia about why microplastics are hazardous to the environment. You can listen to that conversation above.

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The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus never get sick. But some of those who do can wind up in the hospital, or suffer permanent disability. A Texas outbreak in 2012 may have made West Nile one of the more costly diseases in the state that year.

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The Takeaway

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Cervical Cancer Vaccine Also Helps Prevent Genital Warts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The vaccine against human papillomavirus is recommended for girls and young women to prevent cervical cancer. A study finds it also protects against genital warts, a common sexually transmitted disease, even if people get less than the recommended three shots.

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In Illinois Deal, The Onion Will Promote Health Insurance (Really)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, has hired Onion Labs, The Onion's in-house ad team, to develop banner ads, a video and other online material to persuade young people to sign up for insurance coverage.

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Children And Anorexia: Noticing The Warning Signs

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pop star Ke$ha says she's postponing her tour to get treatment for an eating disorder. Many parents worry that pop culture has been sending the wrong messages to kids about their bodies for years. Host Michel Martin hears from pediatrician Dr. Leslie Walker and mom of three, Leslie Morgan Steiner, who suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager.

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Coping With The Cold Is About Survival For The Homeless

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Extreme cold has hit many parts of the country this winter, bringing life-threatening challenges for the homeless. Host Michel Martin hears how they've been coping. She speaks with Jerry Jones of the National Coalition for the Homeless, and Liz Kuoppala of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.

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Despite Federal Rules, Some States Deny Family Policies For Same-Sex Couples

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Despite a Justice Department decision giving same-sex married couples equal recognition in federal courthouses, prisons and other programs, inconsistency in the treatment of same-sex married couples under the health law remains. States still make their own decisions.

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How Caffeinated Are Our Kids? Coffee Consumption Jumps

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Energy drinks tend to get a bad rap. But when it comes to caffeine intake, teenagers seem to be getting far more caffeine from coffee drinks. Overall, about three-fourths of children in the U.S. consume caffeine on a given day.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What You Should Know about Obamacare

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nancy Metcalf, Senior Health Editor for Consumer Reports explains some important facts about the new health care law that consumers should know. She also talks about the roll-out and how the program is serving consumers so far.

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