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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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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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Why Bill Gates Is Commissioning Fine Art

Thursday, January 08, 2015

From stylized photography that looks like a fashion shoot to a comic book journey about lockjaw, artwork from around the world illustrates the value of vaccines.

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The Takeaway

Dirt Doesn't Hurt

Thursday, January 08, 2015

About 2 million Americans a year are infected with drug-resistant bacteria, but researchers have high hopes for a new antibiotic that uses bacteria found in our soils.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cracking Down On Hookah

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Investigations into hookah bars has led to a proposed legislation that would threaten their existence in NYC. Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez explains the purpose behind a possible ban.

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How Food Shopping Can Turn New Year's Resolutions Into 'Res-Illusions'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Many people aim to make healthier food choices in the New Year. A study finds that while people buy more healthy food, they spend just as much on unhealthy foods as they do during the holidays.

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Weavers Turn Silk Into Diabetes Test Strips

Thursday, January 08, 2015

In India, where silk is plentiful, the luxe fabric turns out to be more efficient — and cheaper — than paper or plastic for testing a diabetic's glucose levels.

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Measles Makes An Unwelcome Visit To Disneyland

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An outbreak among visitors to two California theme parks shows once again that this supercontagious virus doesn't respect borders. Most of the afflicted people had not been vaccinated.

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Morning Edition

Congressional Republicans Take Another Swing At Obamacare

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The House passed a bill Thursday that would make a change in the Affordable Care Act. It would raise the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours a week.

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Morning Edition

Can Connecticut Force A Teenage Girl To Undergo Chemotherapy?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A 17-year-old says she doesn't want to undergo treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, but her doctors and the state say she will die without it. The Connecticut Supreme Court is hearing the case.

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Morning Edition

Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Charlie Hebdo; Common Core Math; Hookah Crackdown

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Cartoonists react to Charlie Hebdo; a crackdown on hookah; Common Core math help; & the difference between how 'nonemployed' men vs. 'nonemployed' women spend their days.

Freakonomics Radio

Why Doesn’t Everyone Get the Flu Vaccine?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Influenza kills, but you’d never know it by how few of us get the vaccine.

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Bite Back At Bad Cholesterol: Eat An Avocado A Day

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Researchers have long known that avocados have "good" fats. But they didn't know if daily avocado consumption might affect cardiovascular disease risk factors. So they designed a study to find out.

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All Things Considered

Undue Burden In Texas At Issue In Federal Court

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case against the Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers.

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All Things Considered

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Brain imaging can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.

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All Things Considered

Why The U.S. Still Bans Blood Donations From Some U.K. Travelers

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Rules governing who can donate blood in the United States have recently changed. But anyone who spent more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 is still prohibited from donating.

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All Things Considered

A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The eradication of smallpox was arguably one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. But people had crazy ideas about the vaccine when it was created in 1798. A new exhibit tells the story.

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The Takeaway

CDC Declares National Flu Epidemic

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Normally, a break from the classroom or workplace helps curb the spread of disease, but the exact opposite is happening this year. The CDC declared flu to be an epidemic just last week.

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