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All Things Considered

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines. One result? Unnecessary tests. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.

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Is It Time To Make Medical And Family Leave Paid?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Democrats in Congress have reintroduced a bill that would create a national paid leave program, covering two thirds of people's wages for up to 60 days a year. But small business owners are wary.

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WNYC News

Cuomo's HIV Panel Getting Restless for an Action Plan

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Advocates and experts recruited by the governor offered dozens of ways New York could help stop the HIV-AIDS epidemic. Four months later, they're still waiting for specific plans.

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All Things Considered

Millions Of Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.

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All Things Considered

Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A company has priced its test for mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer at $249 — far less than the thousands of dollars another firm charges. But is there a downside for the worried well?

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Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than half of young people with autism had neither a job nor educational plans in the first two years after high school, a study finds.

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Iowa Farm To Kill 5 Million Chickens In Effort To Contain Avian Flu

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This is the worst outbreak since the H5N2 influenza was first detected in December. The disease has been found in seven other states over the past five months.

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How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

For the first time, scientists have looked at the microbiome of an isolated Amazon tribe. The study finds that the Western lifestyle has wiped dozens of species out of American guts.

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PRI's The World

Wake up! There's no snoozing allowed in this Canadian library

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At the Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada, snoozing in the stacks will now be banned. The new rule is part of the library's effort to redirect homeless library patrons to more appropriate support services.

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Californians Can Now Pay Cash For Health Insurance At 7-Eleven

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Many people who are eligible for federal health insurance subsidies don't have bank accounts, which makes it hard to pay premiums. A system in California lets them pay with cash at stores.

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Blue Bell Widens Recall To All Of Its Products Over Listeria Worries

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called it "a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak of listeriosis occurring over an extended period of several years."

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Morning Edition

What's At Stake If Supreme Court Eliminates Your Obamacare Subsidy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Each state has its own stories. In Louisiana, nearly 200,000 people signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov, and about 90 percent now get subsidies. What if that help goes away?

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All Things Considered

Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

Monday, April 20, 2015

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.

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All Things Considered

Indiana Governor Extends Public Health Emergency To Fight HIV Outbreak

Monday, April 20, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Beth Meyerson of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University about the nearly 130 confirmed HIV cases, which are linked to injection drug use.

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You Don't Want To Mess With An Angry Mother

Monday, April 20, 2015

Phyllis Omido's toddler had a mysterious ailment. After doctors came up with a diagnosis, she set out to shut down a Kenyan polluter. Now she's won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work.

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Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Monday, April 20, 2015

People can pick up germs and parasites from their pets, and some of them can be nasty. Health care providers for all species could do a better job of communicating the risks, a study finds.

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Mr. Toilet And Mr. Condom Think Jokes Will Save The World

Monday, April 20, 2015

Potty humor! A condom in a key chain with the slogan: "Weapon of mass protection." The goal is to use laughter to change attitudes. And there's even a study to prove that it works.

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Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Monday, April 20, 2015

Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.

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Morning Edition

Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

Monday, April 20, 2015

You don't have to be out running marathons to get health benefits from leisure activities. Engaging pastimes like reading, sewing or listening to music improved health markers, a study finds.

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Morning Edition

FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

Monday, April 20, 2015

Homeopathy's popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.

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