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Why today is the best time to live in human history

Monday, February 16, 2015

In researching death, a reporter finds a surprise: "Yes, it would have been great to hear Mozart playing live. Or maybe watch Shakespeare putting on a show. But until recently, life for most people was nasty, brutish and above all —short."

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Morning Edition

Satisfied Patients Now Make Hospitals Richer, But Is That Fair?

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Affordable Care Act made sure that hospitals scoring well on patient satisfaction surveys are paid more by Medicare. But some say that gives small, boutique hospitals an unfair edge.

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Morning Edition

Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

Monday, February 16, 2015

In 2007, a plastic called Tritan became a hit, partly because it was free of the chemical BPA. Then a competitor began suggesting that Tritan products contained other chemicals that act like estrogen.

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All Things Considered

America Loves Smoothies And The Frozen Foods Industry Knows It

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Less than a decade ago, American consumers tended to buy frozen fruit as a dessert topping. But the smoothie craze changed how Americans eat frozen fruit — and pushed sales above $1 billion a year.

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He's Half-Kenyan And Half-German. And He Believes 'We're All The Same'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

David Hermlin, 14, is a realist and idealist. He knows it'll take many years to get rid of poverty and disease. But by speaking out and writing songs with a message, he hopes to make a difference.

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When A Patient Says 'Everything's Fine,' A Doctor Should Be Wary

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The retired cop was an easy patient, who took his medicine without complaint. After an operation, the man went into a mental tailspin that his doctor realized had been in the making for years.

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New Tech City

Bored and Brilliant Apple Users, Don’t Be Smug

Saturday, February 14, 2015

People who are using our partner apps BreakFree and Moment spent an average of about 120 minutes on their phones each day last week. But there are some caveats to that number. 
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How Long Is An Ebola Victim's Body Contagious? You Don't Want To Know

Saturday, February 14, 2015

New research confirms that even after a victim dies, viral cells on the corpse can infect others for as long as 7 days.

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Your Brain May Want That Bottle Of Soda Because It's Easy To Pick Up

Friday, February 13, 2015

Coca-Cola has launched a small, easy-to-hold bottle in Kenya. And the size and shape could make people crave it. That's the belief of psychologist Sian Beilock, author of How the Body Knows Its Mind.

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How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

Friday, February 13, 2015

The trade agreement has helped the U.S., Mexico and Canada sell a lot more food to one another. That's meant more seasonal produce for the U.S., and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.

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California Health Exchange Considers Extending Enrollment For Some

Friday, February 13, 2015

Plenty of uninsured people will discover they owe a penalty as they file their taxes over the next two months, and will also learn they could be locked out of buying insurance to solve the problem.

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Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

Friday, February 13, 2015

An indictment in Florida is likely to draw heightened scrutiny to potential billing fraud in privately run Medicare plans. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of government oversight.

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Morning Edition

The Black Market For Stolen Health Care Data

Friday, February 13, 2015

The U.S. is moving to digitize health care with electronic medical records, web portals and mobile apps. But as medical data goes online, it is becoming a hot commodity for hackers.

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Morning Edition

Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

Friday, February 13, 2015

The latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia takes us online. Some people think interacting with these machines is changing us all — for better and worse.

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All Things Considered

Obama Signs Act Designed To Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

Thursday, February 12, 2015

On Thursday, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act. Is it enough? Rachel Martin puts that question to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

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All Things Considered

Report: Despite Bans, Pregnant Prisoners Still Shackled During Birth

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Across the country, it's common practice to handcuff a pregnant prisoner to her hospital bed while she gives birth.

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All Things Considered

Nigeria Is On The Verge Of Bidding Goodbye To Polio

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's the last country in Africa where polio is hanging on. The good news: There hasn't been a case in more than 6 months. But that doesn't mean the virus is history.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Last-Minute ACA Questions for 2015 Coverage

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What you need to know about signing up for health insurance in NY and NJ before Open Enrollment closes for the year.

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Apps Can Speed The Search For Love, But Nothing Beats A Real Date

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Are those hours I spend swiping through Tinder getting me anywhere closer to actual romance? Yes, psychologists say. But chemistry doesn't come in an app, and that's what matters most.

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Science Friday

Hr1: Megadroughts, Medical Fraud, Constellations Play

Thursday, February 12, 2015

An investigation of the FDA claims the agency is not doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct. Plus, future drought predictions, and a play about love in the multiverse.

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