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Employers Can't Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many companies planned to offer health insurance without hospital coverage because it met requirements of a "minimum value" formula. But the Treasury Department says those plans aren't legal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Crazy Epidemic of Falling

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Falling down is a leading cause of death for seniors, but a new series for The New York Times looks at how to avoid it, from painting toilet seats black to wearing the right sneakers.

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Berkeley Decides To Try Taxing Away Its Soda Habit

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many cities and states have tried, but Berkeley, Calif., is the first to pass a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The goal is to reduce sugar consumption to improve public health.

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Morning Edition

Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes people less likely to give.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Results & Returns; Retiring Insults & Preventing Falls

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Analysis of the midterm election returns; U.S. foreign policy in crisis; how our aging population can prevent debilitating falls; and a call to retire the “…like a girl” insults.

What Makes Kenya's Marathon Runners The World's Best?

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Kenyan distance runners won both the men's and women's divisions of Sunday's New York City Marathon. A Harvard evolutionary biologist suggests some possible reasons why.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Nonprofit to Reopen Clinic in Liberia

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

WNYC
Imani House near Monrovia closed in late September following the death of two workers from Ebola, but the rest of the staff is eager to revive the clinic.

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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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All Things Considered

Grannies Taking Care Of Grannies Is Good For Everyone

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Who better to check on the health of older folks than other older folks? That's what AgeWell Global, an innovative program in South Africa, is doing.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Holding a Polluter Accountable for a Brain Cancer Cluster in South Florida

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Reporter Sharon Lerner looks at a brain tumor cluster in a small Florida town, and investigates its connection to radioactive waste from a large defense contractor.

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Morning Edition

More Scrutiny Coming For Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said it would review Medicare Advantage billing practices with an eye toward curbing overcharges.

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How To Wean Your Kids Off Halloween Candy: Cold, Hard Cash

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

After the costumes and candy comes the hard part: the fights and negotiations that go along with trying to limit kids' sugar intake. Why not skip the ordeal by paying kids to give up their treats?

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All Things Considered

To Prevent Kidney Stones: Go Easy On Soda And Drink Lots Of Water

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Research shows that simple changes in drinking habits can help people who've had kidney stones lower the odds that they'll strike again. Consuming plenty of fiber may make a difference, too.

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The Election Day Ebola Quiz: Match The Politician And The Quote

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

It seems that every politician has an opinion about the virus. Do you know which public figure made which statement?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pollution Problems, Protecting the Planet

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Why the brain cancer rate among girls shot up 550% in one Florida town. How to make habit-forming products. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton's first cookbook. Leading the environmental movement.

All Things Considered

Doctor: Helping A Patient Die Will Never Become Routine

Monday, November 03, 2014

Robert Siegel talks to Dr. Katherine Morris about assisted suicide. Morris assisted in the deaths of patients in Oregon and has been party to a lawsuit in New Mexico for the right to assist another.

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All Things Considered

High-Profile Case Brings New Attention To Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law

Monday, November 03, 2014

Over the weekend, Brittany Maynard used Oregon's Death with Dignity law to end her own life. Since Oregon's law first passed in 1994, hundreds have used it to prevent suffering at the ends of life.

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Armor For Batteries Could Protect Hungry Kids From Harm

Monday, November 03, 2014

Thousands of children swallow tiny batteries used in watches, calculators and toys each year. A team from MIT and Harvard is working on a pressure-sensitive insulating shield to prevent damage.

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The Takeaway

U.N. Leader Offers Hope in Fight Against Ebola

Monday, November 03, 2014

Though the virus is killing thousands and frightening millions more, the fight against Ebola is in generating international cooperation on a scale not seen since the end of WWII.

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It Turns Out That Fighting Polio Is Good Training To Fight Ebola

Monday, November 03, 2014

Nigeria knows how to beat back polio. And that's helped in the battle against Ebola. But other West African countries are struggling to beat the deadly virus — and neglecting anti-polio efforts.

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