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PRI's The World

Just 10 bucks and a phone call can get you Russia's dangerous new drug

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A new drug called spice is only the latest in a series of synthetic drugs that have flooded the Russian market over the years. Offering a cheap and readily available high, Russian health experts are trying to keep kids away, but keeping up with drug dealers is proving difficult.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Steps Up Commitment To Fight Malaria

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a six-year extension of a program to combat malaria around the globe.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Jihadi John Unmasked, When The Internet Goes Bad & Our Allergic World

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Takeaway has the details on the identity of an ISIS executioner, we explore digital dead zones, and how our world is impacting our allergies. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Medicine's Murky World: The FDA, Medical Websites, And Risky Chemicals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The FDA is not cracking down on bad clinical trials. Diacetyl flavors chips, coffee and e-cigarettes, and is dangerous. Companies that give us health advice are also selling our data. 

Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Clostridium difficile sickens nearly half a million Americans annually, killing about 29,000, say federal health officials. They warn hospitals and nursing homes to tighten hygiene protocols.

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All Things Considered

At VA Hospitals, Training And Technology Reduce Nurses' Injuries

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a lead among other hospital systems in the country to keep nurses and other staff from getting injured when they move and lift patients.

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Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eyelashes keep dust out and fend off drying breezes, a study finds. To do that they need to be a very precise length. Extra-long fake eyelashes hurt more than they help.

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Produce Pride: Showing The Love With Vegetable Tattoos

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vegetable tattoos, both temporary and permanent, can make for beautiful body art. Some enthusiasts are hoping to use them to encourage healthy, seasonal eating.

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May I Move My Son Off My Insurance So He Can Buy On The Exchange?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Young adult children may have more options than their parents in choosing health coverage. So they may want to go their separate ways when shopping for insurance.

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The Takeaway

Ex-Marine Guilty in 'American Sniper' Murder Trial

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A jury has handed down a guilty verdict in the murder trial of former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle—the man at the center of the film and book "American Sniper."

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WNYC News

Christie's Budget Cuts $148M from Hospital Charity Care

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NJ Spotlight
Obamacare is helping state with budget problems, but hospitals worry the cuts will leave people in need.

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Morning Edition

Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

India's air pollution is so bad that it shortens many people's lives by about three years, a study found. This week Al Gore visited New Delhi to link bad air to climate change.

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All Things Considered

Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.

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Younger Women Hesitate To Say They're Having A Heart Attack

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Even when women suspected they were having a heart attack, they didn't report it because they feared being called hypochondriacs, a study finds. That may contribute to women's higher death rates.

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How Did A Celibate 82-Year-Old Buddhist Monk Contract HIV?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

His doctor injected him with a used syringe. Millions of people have contracted HIV, hepatitis and other diseases that way. The solution: a syringe designed to prevent reuse.

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Will Vaping Reignite The Battle Over Smoking On Airplanes?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It's been 25 years since people could light up with impunity on domestic airline flights. But that doesn't mean they're not still trying. And e-cigarettes are reviving conflict over clean air aloft.

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The Takeaway

Rest Easy, America. Coffee is Good for You.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A new study from the nation's top panel on nutrition has found that coffee is good for you—and you should be drinking more of it.

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Emotional Scars Of Modern Slavery Run 'Deeper Than Any Visible Wound'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scientists interviewed more than 1,000 men, women and children who were forced into sex work and hard labor. The result is the largest study to detail the health of human trafficking survivors.

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WNYC News

Med School Students Chip in to Help Uninsured Left Behind by Obamacare

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Almost 1 million New York City residents are still uninsured. Rather than go to emergency rooms or city hospitals, some of them get free care from medical school students.

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The Takeaway

How the King of Kombucha Built a Beverage Empire

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Before GT Dave got into the business of selling kombucha as a teenager, there was no such thing as commercial kombucha.

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