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All Things Considered

Despite Criticism, Affordable Care Act Soldiers On

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Open enrollment for health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act's health exchanges begin Saturday. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News and Jose Plaza of Enroll America.

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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care's Cost

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A patient's portion of a health care bill is the result of a complicated equation. But it's simple compared to the variety of deals insurers negotiate with hospitals and doctors.

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Doctor, Put On Your PPE And Go Into The ETU, Stat!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The world of global health is an acronym soup. And the Ebola virus has generated its own list.

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How Bacteria In The Gut Help Fight Off Viruses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rotavirus kills more than a half-million kids around the world each year. Now scientists have evidence that the secret to stopping it is hiding in the trillions of bacteria of our microbiome.

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All Things Considered

HealthCare.gov Head Says Site Is Tested And 'Ready To Go'

Friday, November 14, 2014

Open enrollment in Obamacare resumes Saturday. While no one expects a repeat of last year's disastrous launch, millions of people will be trying to renew coverage or sign up for the first time.

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More Squash, Less Bacon: Calculating Your Real-Life Heart Risk

Friday, November 14, 2014

There are lots of cardiovascular risk calculators, but they usually expect you to know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. This one wants to know if you play tennis. And if you like bacon.

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The Takeaway

GruberGate: ACA Architect Says Lack of Transparency Helped Pass Law

Friday, November 14, 2014

There's more bad news for the war-weary Affordable Care Act. A video has surfaced of ACA architect Jonathan Gruber saying that "the stupidity of the American voter" helped pass the law.

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WNYC News

Obamacare Year Two: Can NY Sustain Coverage Gains?

Friday, November 14, 2014

About 1 million people got health plans in year one of the Affordable Care Act cutting in half the number of uninsured. The state estimates 350,000 more will get covered in 2015.

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Morning Edition

Mali Already Has An Ebola Cluster: Can The Virus Be Stopped?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hundreds of people in Mali may have been exposed to Ebola. And there's concern that the country doesn't have the resources or experience to stop this outbreak before it gets out of control.

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Morning Edition

State Health Insurance Exchanges Hope To Woo Urban Minorities

Friday, November 14, 2014

With Obamacare signups resuming this week, California and Connecticut have deployed new strategies to reach people who resisted signing up last year. Step one: Avoid previous cultural gaffes.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: GruberGate, Accountability in a Mine Disaster, and a School Holidays Controversy

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Takeaway looks at a gaffe made by an architect of Obamacare, the indictment of Massey Energy's former CEO, and a controversy over school holidays.

All Things Considered

Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A quarter of the dialysis patients who were in New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit missed at least one treatment due to power outages. Yet, not many are prepared for the next disaster.

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Liberians Meet Death With Flowers, Trumpets And Cameras

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To understand why Liberians have had a hard time changing their funeral practices in the age of Ebola, first you must understand their tender and celebratory traditions.

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Science Friday

‘New Environmentalism’ Moves Beyond Pollution and Climate Change

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.

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Science Friday

Here Kitty, Kitty: The Genetics of Tame Animals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Researchers discuss the possible genetic underpinnings that make certain cats and rats tame.

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Science Friday

Mining Wikipedia Data to Track Disease

Thursday, November 13, 2014

By analyzing access to specific health-related pages on Wikipedia, researchers may be able to identify—or even forecast—potential disease outbreaks.

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Science Friday

Horns, Claws, and Teeth: The Animal Weapons Arms Race

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doug Emlen, author of “Animal Weapons,” unpacks the evolutionary arms race that pushes horns, claws, teeth and other animal defenses to the extreme.

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Science Friday

Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists frustrated by a lack of research dollars are turning to crowdfunding.

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Science Friday

The First Touchdown on a Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander is the first probe to touch down on a comet.

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Poor Contact Lens Care Leads To A Whole Lot Of Eye Infections

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Almost 1 million people a year end up with painful eye infections, and improper contact lens care is a big reason why, according to a new study from the CDC.

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