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Britain Set To Vote On '3-Parent Baby' Law Tuesday

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

While the technique is often referred to by the shorthand "three-parent baby," the controversial process uses nuclear DNA from two parents and the mitochondrial DNA of a third donor.

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Morning Edition

A Boy Who Had Cancer Faces Measles Risk From The Unvaccinated

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The father of a young child who had leukemia has a plea for other parents: Please vaccinate your children because people with compromised immune systems, including his son, can't be vaccinated.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Russian Flash Point, Women in Power, and Austism Grows Up

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Takeaway explores the escalating conflict in Ukraine, the number of women in Congressional leadership positions, and services for autistic adults.

The New Yorker: Out Loud

Psychedelics as Therapy

Monday, February 02, 2015

In the nineteen-fifties and sixties, researchers explored the therapeutic effects of LSD on alcoholism, depression, and a number of other conditions. Then the counterculture came along, LSD became a recreational drug, and the research dried up. In this week's magazine, Michael Pollan writes about a new wave of researchers who are using hallucinogenic drugs to help terminally ill cancer patients cope with the fear of death. On Out Loud, Pollan joins host Amelia Lester, the executive editor of newyorker.com, to discuss the history of psychedelics research, the difference between a recreational psychedelic journey and a therapeutic one, and why he finds the effects of these drugs so intriguing. Whereas we don't typically trust the insights we have when we're drunk or dreaming, Pollan says, patients who take hallucinogens report having "a sturdy, authoritative experience." "It takes us into an interesting and difficult to navigate intellectual space," he says. "It's very exciting territory."

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All Things Considered

Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing

Monday, February 02, 2015

Scientists launched a large trial Monday to test two vaccines. But testing Ebola drugs in West Africa is proving more difficult than expected because the disease is disappearing rapidly.

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All Things Considered

Despite Political Resistance, Florida A Leader In ACA Sign-Ups

Monday, February 02, 2015

Florida's governor and its Republican-led legislature opposed the Affordable Care Act and have resisted calls to expand Medicaid. But aided by non-profit groups and strong interest among Hispanics, Florida is one of the leaders in signing residents up for Obamacare.

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Acupuncture May Help With Nasal Allergies, Doctors Say

Monday, February 02, 2015

Over-the-counter remedies can help a lot if your stuffy, drippy nose is caused by allergies, new guidelines say. Acupuncture might help, too, but there's no evidence that herbal remedies do a thing.

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Florida Leads Insurance Sign-Ups, Despite Political Opposition To Overhaul

Monday, February 02, 2015

With two weeks to go until the 2015 Obamacare enrollment deadline, Florida is ahead of even California, which has twice the population and embraced the Affordable Care Act from the start.

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

Monday, February 02, 2015

In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?

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The Takeaway

The Anti-Vaccine Movement's Unhealthy Skepticism

Monday, February 02, 2015

As a cluster of unvaccinated children is being blamed for a resurgence of measles, Retro Report examines the origins of the anti-vaccine mentality.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Vaccines and Herd Immunity, An Explainer

Monday, February 02, 2015

Measles was eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but there are at least 102 reported cases of the disease this year. We'll hear what the anti-vaccination movement has to do with the outbreak.

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Morning Edition

As Measles Outbreak Spreads, Some Babies Under Isolation

Monday, February 02, 2015

California is grappling with an outbreak of measles. In Alameda County, health officials have told parents whose babies have been exposed to the virus to keep their children at home for 21 days.

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Morning Edition

Fight Back Against Parkinson's: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy

Monday, February 02, 2015

Several times a week Mike Quaglia dons bright red boxing gloves and pummels a hundred-pound punching bag. What's unusual is he has Parkinson's disease and the boxing helps alleviate his symptoms.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Revenge Porn, a Device Detox, and The Super Bowl

Monday, February 02, 2015

The Takeaway explores an effort to fight against revenge porn, we look at the new "Bored & Brilliant" challenge, and we hear from football fans in Seattle and Boston.

The Brian Lehrer Show

A Speech/Arts Panel; The Measles Outbreak; Your Code-Switch

Monday, February 02, 2015

The MoMA, Creative Time, and Reuters are hosting a panel on freedom of expression. Plus: teaching your kids about inequality; the measles outbreak; and your own code-switching story.

All Things Considered

As America Grays, A Call For Dignity In Aging And Elder Care

Sunday, February 01, 2015

In The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo says rather than viewing aging from a place of scarcity and fear, we should see getting older as an opportunity. And, she writes, we must fix our flawed care system.

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All Things Considered

Why Are Americans Getting Bigger?

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The National Bureau of Economic Research recently published a new paper about obesity rates and average BMI. NPR's Arun Rath talks with economist Charles Courtemanche, who worked on the study.

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Family Struggles With Father's Wish To Die

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Robert Schwimmer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and wants to hasten death if he finds himself in agonizing pain. His family stands ready to help, but have legal and spiritual concerns.

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College Life Doesn't Have To Mean Crummy Cuisine, Says Dorm Room Chef

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Sick of dining hall pizza, public health student Emily Hu taught herself how to cook — even with no oven. Now she's hoping to inspire her peers to pick up cooking skills and healthier eating habits.

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All Things Considered

After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.

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