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Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop smoking if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?

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Morning Edition

VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Millions of Americans who served in Korea, World War II and Vietnam are reaching their 70s and beyond. So the VA is putting focus on how to make veterans comfortable in their final weeks and months.

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New Tech City

What 95 Minutes of Phone Time a Day Does to Us

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prepare for our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges with a peek at the data we're gathering on how much you use your phones and the science behind why it matters for your brain.

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For Dollars Donated To Vaccine Campaigns, Norway Wears The Crown

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Donations to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization hit $7.5 billion. The UK and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were the most generous dollar-wise. Norway is the per capita champ.

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

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All Things Considered

Orange County Fights To Contain Measles Outbreak

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Melissa Block talks with Dr. Eric G. Handler, health officer for Orange County, Calif. The biggest number of measles cases have been reported in his county, a dozen of which are linked to Disneyland.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidies?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mistakes are made. If the health insurance marketplaces screw up in calculating subsidies for consumers, it's the individual who is likely to be on the hook for repaying the excess.

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Morning Edition

It's Been A Hard Road To 12-Step For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On an island with one of the world's highest addiction rates, a 12-step program faces special challenges. The Muslim populace is uneasy with its Christian concepts. And women are seen as beyond hope.

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WNYC Digital

Snow Day Podcasts for Stranded Lovers

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On a day like today, there’s no limit to how many times you and your loved one can...listen to great podcasts. We put together a special playlist to set the mood.

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Morning Edition

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, an independent report finds.

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Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

Monday, January 26, 2015

The administration wants to tie more of Medicare's spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.

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2 Approaches To Ending Smoking: Laws And Labels

Monday, January 26, 2015

A fifth of the world's population smokes cigarettes, and countries around the world are trying to lower consumption. Bhutan and Australia present two strikingly different approaches.

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Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana

Monday, January 26, 2015

Making pot legal for adults makes it more likely that teens will use it too, according to the nation's pediatricians. And that's a problem, because marijuana harms developing brains.

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Morning Edition

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

Monday, January 26, 2015

Returning immediately to demanding physical or mental activities after a concussion can be bad for the brain, neuroscientists agree. But what about after symptoms resolve? How much rest is best?

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Morning Edition

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Monday, January 26, 2015

A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother's bloodstream. It's less risky than invasive alternatives like amniocentesis, but it doesn't tell as much about fetal health.

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The Potential Impact Of Big Data On Medicine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Some researchers say big data could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say it raises too many questions when it comes to medicine.

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All Things Considered

'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Writer Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.

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App Links Sex Assault Survivors To Help, But Who Downloads It?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The D.C.-based smartphone tool connects people with a ride to the hospital and a team of medical professionals trained in dealing with sexual assault. But students aren't rushing to download the app.

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All Things Considered

Study Finds Huge Disparities In Costs Of Common Surgeries

Friday, January 23, 2015

Robert Siegel talks to Maureen Sullivan, senior vice president of strategic services and chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which did the study.

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