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Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Most employers have a wellness program, but who knows if it's actually improving your health. The American Heart Association is proposing its own standards for improving cardiovascular health at work.

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Disease Detection Gets A Boost With Plans For A CDC In Africa

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

African health officials are partnering with the U.S. to build a continentwide Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is a more rapid response to health emergencies, such as Ebola.

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Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Medicine's move into the computer age has great potential for improving care. But patients and doctors still face serious challenges in adapting to the rush of new technology.

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The Takeaway

The ACA & Your Taxes: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thousands may face penalties this tax season for not enrolling in health insurance. Many others will owe money or receive refunds. Like all things with taxes, it's complicated.

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The Takeaway

How Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Low Wages

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new study finds that companies like Walmart and McDonalds often pay employees such low wages that many are driven to federal assistance programs to make ends meet.

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Morning Edition

Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.

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I Learned The Hard Way That Concussion Isn't Just For The Young

Monday, April 13, 2015

We hear a lot about concussion and kids, but older adults are even more vulnerable to traumatic brain injury. A slip in the kitchen leads one man down the rabbit hole with no clear path out.

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All Things Considered

After Global Protests, Kenyan Court Sentences 3 Men Who Raped Teen

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Liz" was found crawling out of a pit latrine, crying for help. When police doled out punishment — cutting grass at the police station — women's groups rallied. Monday they were sentenced to prison.

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Morning Edition

Why Some Doctors Hesitate To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer

Monday, April 13, 2015

Medicare now pays for some long-term smokers to get an annual test. These scans could save thousands of lives each year, but some doctors still worry risks outweigh benefits.

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Morning Edition

The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Monday, April 13, 2015

Each year the U.S. spends billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, some scientists say. They're calling for more selective screening.

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All Things Considered

Karen Haglof, No-Wave Guitarist Turned Doctor, Relaunches Music Career

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Karen Haglof made her name as a guitarist on the ultra-competitive New York no-wave scene of the 1980s. Then she stopped playing and launched a career in medicine. Now she's back with a solo album.

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Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that starting in 2016, welfare payments and child care rebates will be cut off to families that take a "conscientious objector" exemption to avoid immunizations.

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What Could Go Wrong When Doctors Treat Their Own Kids?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

There's a general rule against doctors treating family members and friends. The relationships can cloud their judgment. But the perils don't stop many doctors from trying.

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Working Through Depression: Many Stay On The Job, Despite Mental Illness

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sixteen million Americans had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Of that number, many struggle with whether and how to talk about their depression in the workplace.

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Jonas Salk's Polio Vaccine Makes A Comeback

Sunday, April 12, 2015

As it marks its 60th birthday, the injectable vaccine is still critical. It's "needed to end polio for good," as Carol Pendak of Rotary's Polio Plus program puts it.

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'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.

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Eating To Break 100: Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The centenarians living in Blue Zones aren't drinking Ensure or eating chocolate ice cream. Instead, many are drinking wine, and all are eating beans. But living to 100 isn't just about diet.

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Compression Clothes' Advantage Could Be Placebo Effect

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Manufacturers claim compression clothes improve athletic performance, but there is little scientific evidence to back that up. This story first aired March 30 on Morning Edition.

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Former Ebola Fighters Feel As If They Get No Respect

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Many Liberians who helped battle the virus weren't full-fledged health workers. Now that the outbreak has subsided, they feel forgotten, neglected and stigmatized.

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All Things Considered

Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

Friday, April 10, 2015

Renegade cells floating through seawater apparently cause the cancer, scientists say. Though people can't catch it, the malignancy might offer clues to how cancer cells spread in the human body.

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