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Your Health Podcast: Polyglots And Painless Thoughts

At the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, 9-month-olds listen to Mandarin Chinese in play sessions with native speakers of Mandarin. On this week's podcast, we'll hear how some psychologists say being bilingual may actually be good for children's cognitive development.

At the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, 9-month-olds listen to Mandarin Chinese in play sessions with native speakers of Mandarin. On this week's podcast, we'll hear how some psychologists say being bilingual may actually be good for children's cognitive development. Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences/AP hide caption

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As Japan grapples with an ongoing nuclear disaster, government and power company officials seemed unsure what to do. But at least one group acted quickly — Japan's radiation response team is helping workers at the stricken nuclear facility. On this week's podcast, we'll hear their story.

We also hear about some Internet superusers: people rare diseases who find community and information online. And we learn how speaking a second language could boost your brain power. (Does HTML count?)

Plus, health blogger Scott Hensley stops by to fill us in on the federal budget debate's effects on Medicare, and a link between teenage depression and listening to music. And he explains how you don't have to be come a master to realize the pain-relief benefits of meditation.

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