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Would Doctors Be Better If They Didn't Have To Memorize?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For decades, first-year medical students have had to cram the details of the cellular metabolism cycle into their heads. Some med schools say it's time to quit cramming and focus on patients' lives.

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WNYC News

Getting in Shape for Free

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fencing in Bryant Park in Manhattan, Zumba at Poe Park in The Bronx and meditation at the Conference House Park in Staten Island are some of the classes available this spring.  

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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

Friday, April 24, 2015

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.

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All Things Considered

HIV Outbreak In Indiana Grows With Nearly 140 Confirmed Cases

Friday, April 24, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams for the latest on the Indiana HIV outbreak. There are now 136 confirmed cases tied to injection drug users in one community in rural Scott County.

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Friday, April 24, 2015

The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.

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Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

Friday, April 24, 2015

In tests of anti-malarial pills and antibiotics, 9 to 41 percent didn't meet quality standards. And the world does a crummy job chasing criminals who reap $75 billion a year from counterfeit meds.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Dr. Oz Dilemma: Influence and Unorthodox Opinions

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dr. Oz is under scrutiny by a group of doctors who are calling for his dismissal as vice-chairman of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

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The Takeaway

Love, Sex and Alzheimer's: The Question of Consent

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Iowa man this week was found not guilty of sexually abusing his wife, whom nursing home staff members said was cognitively unable to give consent. How are these cases to be handled?

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To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

Friday, April 24, 2015

Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.

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On The Media

Getting Clinical Trials On The Record

Friday, April 24, 2015

Clinical trials—where doctors test new medicines or treatments on humans—keeps medicine state-of-the-art. But too many trials don't publish their results, says Dr. Ben Goldacre.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Smugglers at Sea, Questions of Consent, and Immigrants in a New World

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the migrant crisis in Mediterranean through a new lens, we discuss a sexual consent case involving a woman with Alzheimer's, and we remember the Armenian genocide.

On The Media

Dr. Oz, Narratives of Migration, and Cosmic Colors

Friday, April 24, 2015

The dangers of false narratives of migration pushed by politicians and the media, Dr. Oz defends his credibility, and the Hubble space telescope’s lasting impact on popular culture.

On The Media

Dr. Oz Fights For Credibility

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ten doctors sent a critical letter to Dr. Oz's boss at Columbia medical school, but it may do more harm than good in exposing the pseudoscience of The Dr. Oz Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Drone Warfare in Pakistan; Dr. Oz in Hot Water; the 'Ira Glass' of Israel

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dr. Oz under scrutiny from Columbia docs; the ethics of US-led drone strikes in Pakistan; teachers unions against Christie on pensions; a weddings reporter; the “Ira Glass” of Israel.

All Things Considered

Father Details Daughter's Heroin Addiction In Obituary

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Tom Parks of Saco, Maine, whose daughter Molly Parks died April 16 of a heroin overdose. Parks shared details of his daughter's death on Facebook and in her obituary.

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All Things Considered

Dr. Oz Responds To Criticism On His Show

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dr. Oz is in the spotlight after a number of doctors signed an open letter to Columbia University asking that it revoke his faculty position. On his show Thursday, Dr. Oz addressed his critics.

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All Things Considered

Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Science Friday

Hr1: ISS Science, Solar Sails, Smarter Every Day

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A look inside what may be the most unusual lab available to science, dreaming up the future of space travel, and a conversation with YouTube science star Destin Sandlin.

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