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In Oregon, Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Care

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Oregon Health Plan just started covering the cost of reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for transgender people. Oregon joins a handful of states that provide such coverage through Medicaid.

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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Saturday, January 10, 2015

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.

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Back In D.C. From The Ebola Hot Zone, I Broke Out In A Fever

Saturday, January 10, 2015

An NPR producer found out firsthand what happens when a returnee from Liberia registers a temperature and must contact the U.S. health bureaucracy.

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All Things Considered

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Friday, January 09, 2015

Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR's new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Washington Heights, Hookah & Rep. Steve Israel

Friday, January 09, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.
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Is 'Cook At Home' Always Good Health Advice?

Friday, January 09, 2015

A recent study finds that middle-aged women who spent more time cooking were more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Researchers say the message should be "cook healthfully," not just "cook often."

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Are Teenagers Capable Of Making Life-Or-Death Decisions?

Friday, January 09, 2015

The case of Cassandra, a 17-year-old who says she doesn't want chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, has sparked fierce debate. A medical ethicist says teenagers should be able to determine their fates.

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Ebola Vaccine Will Soon Be Tested In West Africa

Friday, January 09, 2015

It's been tough to design tests because some people object to the idea that a comparison group won't receive the vaccine. But plans are moving ahead.

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Poll: Most Americans Would Share Health Data For Research

Friday, January 09, 2015

The topics for study didn't matter much to people who said they were willing to share. Every category — ranging from safety issues to health costs — scored at least 90 percent in the NPR poll.

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All Things Considered

How The Skin Disease Psoriasis Costs Us Billions

Thursday, January 08, 2015

People with the autoimmune disease psoriasis can need a lot of medical care and can miss a lot of work. A review adds up the big-dollar cost of a disease that often flies under the radar.

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After Leelah Alcorn's Suicide, Trans Youth Fight Broader Bias

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The media response to Leelah Alcorn's suicide has prompted young transgender people — especially people of color — to demand greater awareness about the discrimination they face every day.

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Science Friday

CES 2015: Smart Mirrors, Autonomous Cars, and Safer Home Security

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Re/code reviewer Lauren Goode gives her rundown of the best tech at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show.

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Science Friday

Bill Nye on the Origins of Evolution

Thursday, January 08, 2015

When it comes to evolution, Bill Nye the Science Guy won’t be denied.

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Science Friday

Diet Pill Mimics the Effects of Eating

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The “imaginary meal” pill helps mice lose weight—but can it do the same in humans?

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Science Friday

A Broadway Hit, With an Autistic Math Whiz at Its Center

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Actor Alex Sharp talks about playing a 15-year-old math whiz on the Autism spectrum in the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Science Friday

Can Diet and Exercise Affect Your Genes?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Researchers are examining how exercise, diet, and your environment play a role in gene expression.

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Science Friday

Sifting Soils for New Approaches to Antibiotics

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Researchers report that they’ve isolated a new type of antibiotic compound from soil-dwelling bacteria that previously couldn’t be cultured.

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Science Friday

The Cold Virus Seeks Safety in the Nose

Thursday, January 08, 2015

One out of five people harbors a cold virus in their nose at any one time.

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Science Friday

Mapping White-Nose Syndrome’s Lethal Course in Bats

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Bats infected with white-nose syndrome use up twice as much energy during hibernation as uninfected bats.

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Texas Abortion Case May Hinge On Definition Of 'Undue Burden'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A federal appeals court this week is once again weighing whether Texas restrictions on clinics that perform abortions are too onerous for women who seek the procedure. How far is too far to drive?

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