Health

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · As the generation that served in World War II and Korea grows older, the demand on the Department of Veterans Affairs for end-of-life care is growing with them. Now, the VA is trying new ways to help.
 

January 27, 2015 | KHN · Mistakes are made. If the health insurance marketplaces screw up in calculating subsidies for consumers, it’s the individual who is likely to be on the hook for repaying the excess.
 

January 26, 2015 | KHN · The administration wants to tie more of Medicare’s spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.
 

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January 26, 2015 | NPR · A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother’s bloodstream. It’s less risky than invasive alternatives like amniocentesis, but it doesn’t tell as much about fetal health.
 

January 25, 2015 | NPR · Some researchers say big data could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say it raises too many questions when it comes to medicine.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · The D.C.-based smartphone tool connects people with a ride to the hospital and a team of medical professionals trained in dealing with sexual assault. But students aren’t rushing to download the app.
 

January 23, 2015 | NPR · Robert Siegel talks to Maureen Sullivan, senior vice president of strategic services and chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which did the study.
 

January 22, 2015 | NPR · A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for “any abortion” or for “health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion” has been approved by the House.
 

January 22, 2015 | KHN · Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.
 

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January 22, 2015 | NPR · NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.
 

 

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News

January 28, 2015 | NPR · Robert Siegel talks to Steven Chercover, a research analyst who studies the paper and forest industries, about the trend of shrinking toilet paper rolls.
 

January 28, 2015 | NPR · Robert Siegel talks to Rula Al Hroob, member of the Jordanian Parliament, about how people in Jordan feel about a prisoner exchange for a pilot captured by ISIS in Syria.
 

YouTube
January 28, 2015 | NPR · In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have sold him using a website made with GoDaddy. Its an apparent parody of the latest Budweiser Super Bowl commercial.
 

Arts & Life

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.
 

January 28, 2015 | NPR · New research shows that teenagers’ brains aren’t fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
 

January 28, 2015 | NPR · The announcement of the new Ghostbusters cast went over like … well, gangbusters.
 

Music

Kazoobie Kazoos
January 28, 2015 | NPR · They’re the instrument anyone can play — but only two places in the U.S. make them, and only one makes the colorful plastic kind most people know. Karen Michel pays a visit to the latter.
 

Mountain Stage
January 28, 2015 | NPR · The Louisville native performs songs from 2014′s moody, languid, country-inflected Electric Ursa.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · A posthumously published interview reveals the New York rap impresario’s insights, directness and humor that made him so beloved in the music community.
 

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