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War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

State legislatures are the new battlegrounds for the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers across the country are at odds over hundreds of bills that would either cripple or prop up the sweeping health law.

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The Longest Shortest Time

The Parents' Guide to Doing It

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Navigating sex after parenthood isn't easy! Join Dan Savage & Jane Marie for an NSFW conversation on getting back in the sack.

Morning Edition

Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.

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Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Many healthy school lunch options end up in the garbage. But two researchers say that students who eat lunch after recess are more likely to eat fruits and veggies than students who eat lunch first.

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Parents Who Shun Vaccines Tend To Cluster, Boosting Children's Risk

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated live near others who do the same, a study finds. That increases the risk that children will become infected, even if they've had their shots.

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The Takeaway

Bringing Up Baby: The Push for Paid Parental Leave

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The U.S. is the only developed nation without a federal policy that mandates paid parental leave. President Obama hopes to change that.

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All Things Considered

The City Might Not Be To Blame For High Asthma Rates

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Children who live in cities in the Northeast are much more likely to have asthma. But a wider look finds that poor children in the suburbs are at high risk, too.

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Malpractice Changes In Massachusetts Offer Injured Patients New Options

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hospitals in the state are among the leaders in developing alternatives to medical liability litigation. A recently enacted law helps consumers who want to challenge hospitals and doctors.

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All Things Considered

After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

Monday, January 19, 2015

In response to the 2012 theater killings, Colorado added clinics, hotlines and mobile units to support early crisis prevention. At the heart of the initiative are 13 walk-in crisis centers.

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All Things Considered

What's Most Likely To Kill You? Hint: Probably Not An Epidemic

Monday, January 19, 2015

Noncommunicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease are now the biggest killers on earth. They account for 68 percent of deaths — and have an even greater impact in the developing world.

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All Things Considered

At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

Monday, January 19, 2015

Barbara Beskind stands out in youth-obsessed Silicon Valley. She inspires designers at the IDEO firm to think about the needs of older generations: What if your glasses could help you remember people?

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All Things Considered

From Detox To Elimination Diets, Skipping Sugar May Be The Best Bet

Monday, January 19, 2015

Detox diets are a hot trend, but scientists say there's really no evidence that they are necessary or helpful. One strategy that does make sense: Cut back on sugar. We tell you why.

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Morning Edition

Guinea Launches Campaign To End Ebola In 60 Days

Monday, January 19, 2015

Officials In Guinea have begun an effort to try to rid the West African nation of Ebola. The Ebola czar says the new initiative is needed because pockets of resistance and denial remain in Guinea.

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Morning Edition

When Bariatric Surgery's Benefits Wane, This Procedure Can Help

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bariatric surgery works for severely obese patients because it shrinks the size of the stomach. But years later, the stomach starts to expand and some patients regain the weight they lost.

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Morning Edition

Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It?

Monday, January 19, 2015

People use wearable gadgets and phone apps to monitor their health — everything from calories consumed to medication taken. But all that data doesn't necessarily translate into better health care.

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All Things Considered

Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for health care giant Kaiser Permanente went on strike. Organizers say Kaiser's "chronic failure" to provide timely, quality care hurts patients.

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One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Moving the American Gut Project to a biotech hub like San Diego may speed the jump from basic research to real treatments. At least that's microbe tracker Rob Knight's plan.

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'Wallander' Author Henning Mankell On The Catastrophe Of Cancer

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The famed Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mystery novels was diagnosed a year ago — "a catastrophe for me," he says; since then, he's talked more about the disease than the drama of forensics.

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Teens Who Skimp On Sleep Now Have More Drinking Problems Later

Friday, January 16, 2015

Missing out on sleep can lead to more than grumpiness. Teenagers who aren't getting enough sleep are also more apt to binge drink, a study finds, even years later.

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PRI's The World

Ebola is leaving a new generation of orphans

Friday, January 16, 2015

More than 10,000 children are believed have been orphaned by the Ebola epidemic — and orphanages are struggling to cope with the load.

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