Health

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Public health has a way of slipping off the radar when people aren’t scared about Ebola or anthrax. But that doesn’t mean the threats go away. And most states aren’t prepared for the next one.
 

December 17, 2014 | NPR · What are the odds that you’ll get a false positive when you get a mammogram? How likely is it that it will detect cancer? Here’s one way to look at it.
 

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December 17, 2014 | KQED · Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare HMOs did best on that.
 

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December 17, 2014 | WNYC · Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.
 

December 16, 2014 | KHN · Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the benefit isn’t often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.
 

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December 16, 2014 | APTI · The state’s last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska’s legislature?
 

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December 15, 2014 | NPR · A job that’s been open in President Obama’s administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America’s new surgeon general.
 

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December 15, 2014 | NPR · Subsidies created by the health law to help workers buy their own coverage and steady increases in companies’ insurance costs have made it easier for them to decide to discontinue health insurance.
 

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December 15, 2014 | NPR · For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.
 

December 12, 2014 | KHN · Some consumers mistakenly think that having access to skimpy coverage at work means they won’t qualify for subsidies if they are interested in a more complete policy on the health care exchanges.
 

 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · If you plan on traveling to Cuba to pick up some cigars, here are some facts you should know.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · The latest killing and kidnapping occurred just 20 miles from where the Islamist extremist group kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.
 

Arts & Life

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a “retail-standard environment” akin to coffee shops.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · This playlist includes some blockbuster TED talks that have already inspired millions.
 

Music

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · The singer and painter’s longstanding love of bossa nova is evident in this concert.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Listeners chime in with their own favorites, including Chicano Batman and Helado Negro.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Just a guess — you’re not done shopping yet, are you? Allow us to ease your load a bit with some thoughtful ideas for the hip-hop head on your list.
 

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