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A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Researchers have developed a powerful method for growing human cells in the laboratory that has led to some unusual findings. Cell tests suggest a malaria drug might work against cervical cancer.

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All Things Considered

Kids May Not Benefit From Extended Isolation After Concussions

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New research suggests isolating children with concussions for more than two days may do more harm than good compared to adults.

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From Paleo To Plant-Based, New Report Ranks Top Diets Of 2015

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The caveman way of eating came in near the bottom of a list of 35 diets ranked by medical and nutrition experts. The winners? The Mediterranean-like DASH and the plant-centric Ornish eating plan.

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Tight Control Of Type 1 Diabetes Saves Lives, But It's Tough

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Keeping blood sugar under control reduces the risk of early death for people with Type 1 diabetes, a study finds. But keeping that tight control can be hard, even for people with good health care.

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Many Insurers Don't Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Despite the intensifying efforts to turn back the obesity epidemic, Medicare and many private health plans are reluctant to pay for four medicines approved to help people shed pounds.

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Teaching Nurses How To Speak Up — And Speak Gently

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

In all parts of the world, nurses deliver most of a patient's care — especially in countries with limited medical resources. But who will train these nurses? Partners in Health has a plan.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts The Risk Of Death Years Later

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

People considering weight-loss surgery haven't had much evidence on long-term risks or benefits. A study finds lower death rates after surgery, even for people who were older and less healthy.

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Medicaid's Western Push Hits Montana

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

After sitting out the first full year of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, lawmakers in Montana are now talking about a limited expansion.

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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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Morning Edition

3 States Counter Obama's Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

States have a year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. The governors of Utah, Wyoming and Montana are trying to get the money, but their legislators may derail the efforts.

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Morning Edition

Addiction Patients Overwhelm Vermont's Expanded Treatment Programs

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last year, Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address to Vermont's opiate addiction problem. Since then it has expanded treatment, but doctors say demand is outpacing services.

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All Things Considered

Self-Tracking Gadgets That Play Doctor Abound At CES

Monday, January 05, 2015

A new wave of self-monitoring devices and apps is hitting the Consumer Electronics Show — ones with explicit medical purposes. They promise to help diagnose everything from ear infections to diseases.

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All Things Considered

India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style

Monday, January 05, 2015

With an assembly line of operating theaters in India, Dr. Devi Shetty is determined to deliver affordable health care to anyone in need.

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All Things Considered

Big Data Not A Cure-All In Medicine

Monday, January 05, 2015

Big data is a trendy term for the ever-expanding cloud of information that's online and increasingly searchable. Some researchers say it could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say big data raises too many big questions — especially when it comes to medicine.

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All Things Considered

In The World's Rape Capital, Doctors Fight Violence With Science

Monday, January 05, 2015

A new research center in the eastern Congo is giving doctors the resources to investigate the causes and impacts of rape — and to determine which interventions actually help women recover and thrive.

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All Things Considered

How A Position Of Power Can Change Your Voice

Monday, January 05, 2015

Once you become the boss, it's likely that you'll start to speak quite differently. The pitch, resonance and intensity of your speech change in ways that listeners can detect as signs of power.

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All Things Considered

A Restraining Order Can Be Just A Videoconference Away

Monday, January 05, 2015

A New Jersey hospital has partnered with local courts to protect injured victims of domestic violence. A videoconferencing system lets patients file for restraining orders from their hospital beds.

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The Takeaway

New Year, More Pay

Monday, January 05, 2015

On New Year's Day, 20 states and Washington, D.C. increased the minimum wage, and Alaska will follow suit in February. What does this mean for workers?

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Sleeping Near A Smartphone Can Disturb A Child's Rest

Monday, January 05, 2015

Lots of children have smartphones tucked under the pillow or on the nightstand. That may be enough to compromise sleep and make children feel less rested, a study finds.

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The Takeaway

Remembering ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott

Monday, January 05, 2015

Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, says his admiration of ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott was both personal and professional. Scott died of cancer on Sunday at age 49.

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