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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Family Meeting on Risk

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A family meeting on risk, from jobs to playgrounds.

All Things Considered

Minifasting: How Occasionally Skipping Meals May Boost Health

Monday, January 12, 2015

If your New Year's resolutions to eat better haven't panned out yet, consider intermittent fasting. It's gaining traction among dieters and researchers for its benefits beyond just weight loss.

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Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home

Monday, January 12, 2015

You can now monitor your heart rhythm with your cellphone. Dr. Eric Topol imagines a day when patients will be doing a lot more of their own medical testing, with doctors as advisers.

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Donating A Single Rollerblade Is Not Going To Help Disaster Victims

Monday, January 12, 2015

Yet that's what someone gave after the Haitian earthquake. A staffer at one nonprofit offers a plan to discourage unuseful donations from individuals and corporations and get what's really needed.

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The Takeaway

The Science of Decision-Making

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why do we struggle to keep even our best New Year’s resolutions? We delve into the latest research about the science of decision-making to find out.

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Fresh Air

Why OCD Is 'Miserable': A Science Reporter's Obsession With Contracting HIV

Monday, January 12, 2015

David Adam has had obsessive-compulsive disorder for 20 years. In The Man Who Couldn't Stop, he chronicles his experiences — and how medical understanding and treatment of OCD have changed over time.

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What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

Monday, January 12, 2015

Since the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, more evidence has piled up showing the benefits of drinking water and the risks of sugary beverages. So scientists say it's time for a water symbol on MyPlate.

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5 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Governments and nonprofits have insisted on keeping control of their projects in Haiti. So projects have cost several times more than they should. And Haiti is a long way from "building back better."

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Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

Monday, January 12, 2015

Even if your avatar for games and social media doesn't look at all like you, it still says a lot about your personality, a study finds. Want to look friendly? Skip the shades; wear a sweater.

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Morning Edition

Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.

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Morning Edition

The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

Monday, January 12, 2015

One of the most important medical advances may also be the simplest: hand-washing. It's the best defense against spreading disease. And its power was discovered long before anyone knew about germs.

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Note to Self

The Case for Boredom

Monday, January 12, 2015

We're kicking off New Tech City's biggest project yet. It's called Bored & Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out. Our goal is to get you rethinking our relationship with technology.  

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Death Becomes Disturbingly Routine: The Diary Of An Ebola Doctor

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Even veteran health care workers are shaken by Ebola's toll. "I've certified the deaths of more patients than in my last two decades," says Dr. Joe Selanikio, an American working in Sierra Leone.

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All Things Considered

In Oregon, Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Care

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Oregon Health Plan just started covering the cost of reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for transgender people. Oregon joins a handful of states that provide such coverage through Medicaid.

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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Saturday, January 10, 2015

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.

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Back In D.C. From The Ebola Hot Zone, I Broke Out In A Fever

Saturday, January 10, 2015

An NPR producer found out firsthand what happens when a returnee from Liberia registers a temperature and must contact the U.S. health bureaucracy.

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All Things Considered

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Friday, January 09, 2015

Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR's new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Washington Heights, Hookah & Rep. Steve Israel

Friday, January 09, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.
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Is 'Cook At Home' Always Good Health Advice?

Friday, January 09, 2015

A recent study finds that middle-aged women who spent more time cooking were more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Researchers say the message should be "cook healthfully," not just "cook often."

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Are Teenagers Capable Of Making Life-Or-Death Decisions?

Friday, January 09, 2015

The case of Cassandra, a 17-year-old who says she doesn't want chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, has sparked fierce debate. A medical ethicist says teenagers should be able to determine their fates.

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