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Cobble Hill Keeps (Part of) a Hospital

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

After months of secrecy, the State University of New York unveiled how five developers hope to transform Long Island College Hospital in the coming years.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Humans Have Evolved to Reproduce, Not to be Healthy

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Are our bodies adapted to be a hunter-gatherer on the Serengeti? The answer is complicated. Harvard biologist Daniel E. Lieberman says we're actually still evolving, and that cultural factors are as important in shaping humans as biological ones.

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The Takeaway

CVS Quits Cigarettes

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The drugstore chain will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014.

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Ladies: Good Bacteria In Yogurt May Be Good For Waistlines, Too

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Women who took a probiotic commonly found in yogurts daily while on a diet regime lost significantly more weight and fat than their counterparts who received a placebo. The findings offer interesting hints about how probiotics might be interacting with the tiny microbes that live in our guts.

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Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Even people with good memories can have a hard time remembering the past accurately. That may be because the brain is constantly editing memories, updating them with current information. This may make good evolutionary sense. But it also means that some of your cherished memories may be wrong.

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Poverty Behind Detroit's High Child Mortality Rate?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The rate of infant and child deaths in Detroit is outpacing other major cities, according to a new report. Host Michel Martin asks Karen Bouffard of The Detroit News why the number is so high. Social worker Paris Rutledge explains the difficulties new parents face.

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By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The drugstore chain says halting the sale of tobacco products could reduce revenue by $2 billion a year. CVS says it's looking for ways to make up for the lost business. But the value of the good public relations from the move could easily surpass the costs.

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The Takeaway

Turns Out Humans Only Feel Four Basic Emotions

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Conventional scientific understanding holds that there are only six classic emotions: Happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry, and sad. That is until now. A new study finds that, in fact, we don't even have six emotions—but only four "basic" emotions: Happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted. Dr. Rachael Jack of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow, is one of the scientists behind this new finding. She joins The Takeaway to explain how we categorize emotions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dealing With Addiction

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman struggled with drug and alcohol abuse at the age of 22, then relapsed 23 years later, dying of a heroin overdose this past Sunday. Carrie Wilkens, clinical director of the Center for Motivation and Change and the co-author of Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change helps lead a discussion about addiction, support, and treatment. If you've struggled with addiction, or have a loved one who has, what lessons can we draw from Hoffman's death? Call 212-433-9692...

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The company's 7,600 pharmacies will remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from their shelves by Oct. 1. The decision should "help people on their path to better health," says CVS CEO Larry Merlo.

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Radio Rookies

Why Is Staten Island NYC's OD Capital?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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In New York City, prescription painkiller abuse rates aren't as high as the rest of the country — except on Staten Island, where their impact is wide and deep.

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The Longest Shortest Time

The Longest Longest Time

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Lisa’s longest shortest time lasted 11 years. And it all went down before she even had a baby.

New Tech City

For a Better Memory, Hit 'Delete'

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Keep forgetting your mother's cell phone number? Don't worry. You're not alone. In this New Tech City interview, Columbia University Psychology professor Betsy Sparrow explains why it's so hard to remember things in the digital age and what you can do about it. 

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The Takeaway

CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products | An Inside Look at the World of High Art Theft | Study: Humans Feel Only Four Basic Emotions

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline: The Local Perspective | A Look at Next Steps as Protests Continue in Ukraine | Lessons from the Revolution as Egypt Transitions to Democracy | Study: Humans Feel Only Four Basic Emotions | CVS Kicking the Habit: Pharmacy Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco Products | Recovering a Stolen Stradivarius: An Inside Look at the World of High Art Theft | How the March Against Fear Changed the Civil Rights Movement 

More Access To Health Care Means Millions Can Quit Or Cut Hours

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A budget report estimates that about 2.5 million people will work fewer hours or not at all by 2023 because under Obamacare, they can get health care without holding down a full-time job. The news immediately became political fodder for critics of the Affordable Care Act.

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The View From Down There: FDA Approves Pill Cam For Colon Exams

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Patients who undergo colon screenings might breathe a little easier now that U.S. regulators have approved a pill containing two cameras. The PillCam Colon is minimally invasive and runs on batteries, its maker says.

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Higher Blood Pressure At 18 Means Hardening Arteries At 40

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Blood pressure is just not on the radar of most young adults. But even slightly elevated pressure before age 25 can lead to higher heart disease risk in middle age, a study finds. Young people can reduce their risk by exercising, eating right and avoiding smoking.

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Are We Paying $8 Billion Too Much For Mammograms?

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Billions of dollars are spent each year on mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If American women are screened less frequently, the cost savings might be used to better tailor the care for women at an increased risk of cancer.

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Drugmakers And NIH Band Together To Speed Up Research

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Ten pharmaceutical companies have agreed to cooperate with the National Institutes of Health in the hunt for new medicines to treat Alzheimer's disease, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. All the scientific data produced by the venture will be shared publicly.

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Surgeon General Pick's Tweets Annoy GOP, But Not Enough To Block Him

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Boston physician Vivek Murthy, an outspoken supporter of the Affordable Care Act, told a Senate panel that as surgeon general he'll focus on obesity, smoking cessation, and vaccinating kids.

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