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Effects Of Gun Violence Are Long Lasting And Wide Ranging, Says Expert

Thursday, January 30, 2014

About 20 children and adolescents head to the hospital for gun-related injuries every day, according to a new report from the medical journal Pediatrics. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Robert Sege, one of the study's authors, about the wide effect of gun injuries.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

1964: Opening salvo in the tobacco wars

Thursday, January 30, 2014

WNYC

This year marks the 50th anniversary of what some call "the most important public health document of the 20th century": the Surgeon General's first Report on Smoking and Health.

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Popular Testosterone Therapy May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Men who take testosterone supplements double their risk of heart attacks, a study finds. That was true for men over 65 and for younger men with heart disease. Testosterone supplements have become increasingly popular as a way to counter flagging libido.

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Freakonomics Radio

Reasons to Not Be Ugly

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The "beauty premium" is real, for everyone from babies to NFL quarterbacks.

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The Takeaway

Synthetic Food Takes the Hassle Out of Eating

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What if you didn’t have to ever eat to get all the nutrition you need? This dream of never having to deal with the hassle of "food" is what inspired Rob Rhinehart to create a grayish, macro-nutirtious cocktail called Soylent which he concocts in an ex-garment factory outside Los Angeles. About 20,000 customers have placed pre-orders of the stuff, and more than $2 million in orders will be shipped in early March. Rhinehart explains why in the future, everyone will eat Soylent.

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Fresh Air

How Industrial Chemical Regulation Failed West Virginia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

For Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward, the recent chemical spill — and sometimes confusing information authorities have provided about the risks to citizens — reflect long-standing regulatory failures in the state. He says West Virginia has "basically ignored" recommendations for stricter oversight.

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Yoga May Help Overcome Fatigue After Breast Cancer

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cancer patients and survivors are told to exercise, but the disease and treatments can leave them with overwhelming fatigue. Yoga may be a gentle way to get moving, a study reports, with breast cancer survivors who did yoga saying they had less fatigue than women who did not.

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Transportation Nation

Why New Yorkers Suffer More in the Cold

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WNYC

The high temperature in St. Paul, Minnesota Monday was minus seven. And, we're talking real temperature, not wind chill. But, guess what, New Yorkers do suffer more in the cold. Here's why.

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The Takeaway

Big Block of Cheese Day: From Jackson to 'West Wing' to Obama | Anti-Gay Advocates Take Their Mission Overseas | Would You Stop Eating Real Food?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ice Blankets South & Leaves Thousands Stranded | Checking in on The Soup or Bowl Contest | Anti-Gay Advocates Take Their Mission Overseas | High Court in India Refuses to Review Ban on Gay Sex | Crystal Meth is North Korea's State Secret | Would You Stop Eating Real Food? ...

The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After collapsing on her kitchen floor, Munoz was hospitalized and kept on life support despite her wishes. A Texas law protects a hospital from liability as long it keeps a pregnant patient on life support.

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WNYC News

How the Farm Bill Will Affect New Yorkers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After two years of delays, Congress is poised to vote on a nearly 1,000-page Farm Bill this week. The bill, which must be renewed every five years, would restore cuts to farm and nutrition programs, while slashing nearly $9 billion from food stamps over 10 years.

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Sushi Chefs Aren't Feeling California's New Glove Law

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The new law aimed at improving food safety requires chefs and others who handle raw food in restaurants to wear gloves. Sushi chefs say it takes the feel out of hands-on sushi.

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Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

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Worries About Bird Flu Curtail Chinese New Year Feasts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Serving chicken, pigeon or duck for the holiday may be harder this year for some families in China and Hong Kong. As the deadly H7N9 virus continues to spread, officials in China have closed many live poultry markets, while agricultural workers in Hong Kong plan to cull thousands of chickens this week.

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Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely To Reduce Services For Kids

Monday, January 27, 2014

Researchers say changes rolled out last May are likely to have a bigger effect on government statistics than on the care of the nation's children. Still, advocates worry that narrower definitions could lead to a loss of coverage for some children.

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You'd Think We'd Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No

Monday, January 27, 2014

Many women don't know when they're most likely to get pregnant each month, and some think certain positions will boost the odds, a survey finds. There are also big gaps in knowledge about risk factors for infertility and birth defects.

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The Takeaway

Are E-Cigarettes Making it Cool to Smoke Again?

Monday, January 27, 2014

"The marketing of it is of particular concern because not only is it glamorizing and in some ways sexualizing e-cigarettes, there is a concern that it is going to renormalizing smoking," says Michael Eriksen, former director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.

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The Takeaway

A Look at E-Cigarettes: Who's Using Them & Where? | The State of the Union, Through an Artist's Eyes | How to Take the Plunge & Do What You Love

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ukraine Slides Further into Political Chaos | A Look at E-Cigarettes: Who's Using Them & Where? | Businesses & Consumers Hit by U.S. Propane Shortage | The State of the Union, Through an Artist's Eyes |  How to Take the Plunge & Do What You Love

Cutting Spousal Benefits Might Not Save Firms Money After All

Saturday, January 25, 2014

UPS and other employers looking to reduce spending are cutting back on health care coverage for employees' spouses. But a new study shows that if every employer starts doing this, then nobody wins.

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How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

Saturday, January 25, 2014

An interactive map shows how measles and whooping cough have made a comeback in the U.S. and Europe, even though they're easily prevented by a few shots. The surge of these diseases coincides with changes in views about vaccine safety.

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