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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Midwives Can Help Control Healthcare Costs

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A New York Times editorial posits that better access to midwives could help keep medical costs lower.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Pope’s Year; Port Authority Problems; & Your Best Phone Pics

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop; Father James Martin on Pope Francis; the importance of midwives; the inner workings of Long Island’s gangs; and the best pics from your phone.

All Things Considered

Doctors Not Cutting Back On Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

Monday, December 29, 2014

Breast cancer treatment typically involves surgery and chemotherapy, followed by radiation. But growing scientific evidence shows that in most cases, women get more radiation than they actually need.

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All Things Considered

As More Women Tell Abortion Stories, Both Sides Claim Advantage

Monday, December 29, 2014

Does telling your abortion story help end stigma about the procedure, or does it help opponents make the case against abortion? The answer to that question depends very much on whom you talk to.

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Family Planning In Senegal: Which Imam Do You Listen To?

Monday, December 29, 2014

In the village of Mereto, one imam is in favor of family planning while the other is not. Ngour Sen and his two wives, with a total of 11 children, knew which leader's advice they wanted to follow.

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Texted Reminders Help Parents Get Kids In For Flu Shots

Monday, December 29, 2014

It's hard enough to get kids in for one flu shot, let alone two. But when parents got texts that explained why the child needed a second dose, they were much more likely to get the job done.

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Morning Edition

Supreme Court To Hear Case Against Obamacare In 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

There is another challenge to Obamacare. This one is not as high profile as the last one, but it has the power to gut the program. The high court may also decide to weigh in on the gay marriage issue.

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Morning Edition

Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Monday, December 29, 2014

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more police, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."

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All Things Considered

Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Dozens died within a few years, but Keane quit, and survived.

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All Things Considered

A Year And 7,000 Deaths Later, A Look At The Ebola Epidemic

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The first case in the current Ebola outbreak in Africa was found a year ago. Dr. Dan Cooper, a British health worker volunteering at a treatment center in Sierra Leone, describes how things are now.

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All Things Considered

From One Man's Damaged Brain, A Treasure Trove Of Research On Memory

Sunday, December 28, 2014

When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.

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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

Sunday, December 28, 2014

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.

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Thalidomide Victims In Spain Still Waiting For Compensation

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Five decades on, the battle for justice over birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide continues in only one European country. Victims in Spain are the only ones still left without compensation.

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Wonder Abides, Even For A Skeptical Doctor

Sunday, December 28, 2014

When science cannot explain patients' recoveries, even a doctor who studiously makes decisions based on the medical evidence is forced to rethink his ideas about hope and miracles.

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Adebisi Alimi: Gay Nigerian Actor Puts His Sexuality In The Spotlight

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The rising star was the first Nigerian to come out on national TV, was nearly beaten to death in his home and is now an international activist for LGBT rights and for men with HIV.

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Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dr. Ian Crozier was Emory University Hospital's sickest Ebola patient; his kidneys failed and he was on life support. He made a miraculous recovery and says the illness made him a better physician.

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All Things Considered

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Friday, December 26, 2014

Using an e-reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

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All Things Considered

Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

Friday, December 26, 2014

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.

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How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

Friday, December 26, 2014

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.

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Morning Edition

A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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