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Morning Edition

States Aim To Restrict Medically Induced Abortions

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One in four abortions is induced with medications rather than a surgical procedure. But the process faces a growing number of legal restrictions, including a law in Ohio.

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Playing The Odds With Statins: Heart Disease Or Diabetes?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Doctors hand out cholesterol-lowering statins like breath mints, but like any drug they come with risks. Less heart disease, sure, a slightly higher risk of diabetes, too. So what's a person to do?

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Genetic Disorder May Reveal How Statins Boost Diabetes Risk

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

People with a hereditary form of very high cholesterol are much less likely to get diabetes, a study finds. And that offers clues as to why cholesterol-lowering drugs sometimes raise diabetes risk.

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All Things Considered

States Fund Pregnancy Centers That Discourage Abortion

Monday, March 09, 2015

A growing number of states are giving public money to crisis pregnancy centers. But the centers are unregulated, and abortion rights groups accuse them of coercing women with misinformation.

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Morning Edition

The Gentle Cesarean: More Like A Birth Than An Operation

Monday, March 09, 2015

The goal is simple, the techniques easy. Let the mother see her baby being born, if she wants to, and give her the baby immediately following the birth, so they can bond before the baby is taken away.

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All Things Considered

Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A Colorado program has allowed more than 30,000 women to get long-term contraception for free, lowering teen birth and abortion rates. Now lawmakers have to decide if it can qualify for state funding.

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Morning Edition

Behavioral Therapy Helps More Than Drugs For Dementia Patients

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Non-drug approaches for treating aggression and other symptoms of dementia work better than antipsychotic drugs, a study finds, and are less risky. That includes teaching caregivers how to respond.

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Morning Edition

Fertility Clinic Courts Controversy With Treatment That Recharges Eggs

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The technique aims to rejuvenate a woman's eggs using mitochondria from cells extracted from her ovaries. A Toronto clinic's first births are due soon, and some doctors are worried about side effects.

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What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Many people check up on hospitals before they check in as patients. But there's a catch. A hospital that gets lauded by one group can be panned by another.

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FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings On Testosterone

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The agency says the labels for testosterone drugs must state they aren't approved to fight aging and may increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

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Alleged Patient Safety Kickbacks Lead To $1 Million Settlement

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Justice Department claimed patient safety celebrity Dr. Chuck Denham solicited payments from a medical products company to win a prestigious National Quality Forum endorsement for its antiseptic.

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Morning Edition

Abortion Restrictions Complicate Access For Ohio Women

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

In Ohio, abortion restrictions have helped shut down half the state's clinics that perform the procedure, forcing many women to travel farther away, even to neighboring states.

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All Things Considered

GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipsychotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

Monday, March 02, 2015

Strong drugs are rarely warranted to control the behavior of dementia patients, specialists say. But antipsychotic medicine is being overprescribed, and not just among residents of nursing homes.

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How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Lung cancer survivors who met online banded together to get an option they credited with helping them added to treatment guidelines used by cancer specialists.

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15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

Friday, February 20, 2015

The test is as simple as a pregnancy test. So it could help health workers find and stop new outbreaks more quickly. But it doesn't catch every case and still requires some lab equipment.

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Dissolving Contact Lenses Could Make Eye Drops Disappear

Friday, February 20, 2015

Eye drops are unpleasant, and they don't do a great job of delivering medication to the eye. A superthin wafer that slowly dispenses medication and then dissolves is a promising replacement.

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UCLA Outbreak Highlights Challenge Of Curbing Infections

Friday, February 20, 2015

The lethal bacteria that sickened people at a Los Angeles hospital belong to one of three types the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospitals should most urgently monitor and prevent.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?

Friday, February 20, 2015

When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke.

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Why California's Superbug Outbreak Isn't As Scary As It Seems

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The outbreak of drug-thwarting bacteria that contributed to the deaths of two patients at a UCLA hospital isn't likely to spread further, doctors say. Still, drug resistance is trouble nationwide.

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All Things Considered

A Biological Quest Leads To A New Kind Of Breast Cancer Drug

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that thwarts some enzymes breast cancer cells use to evade treatment with estrogen-blocking drugs.

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