Studies show that only about 40 percent of health care workers in the U.S. wash their hands as often as they should.
January 30, 2010 Studies show only about 40 percent of health care workers in the U.S. wash their hands as often as they should. So some hospitals are trying to monitor just how regularly their employees are washing up — by testing out new surveillance technologies.
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January 30, 2010 Democrats trying to salvage their health care legislation have been talking a lot about "reconciliation." It's basically a way to alter laws without the threat of a Senate filibuster. But reconciliation wasn't designed as a vehicle for controversial policy change, and it's no silver bullet. Host Guy Raz gets a reconciliation primer from Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
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January 29, 2010 In his first State of the Union address, President Obama called on lawmakers to jettison partisanship and work for the common good. But can Congress meet in the middle on issues like the economy and health care when the principles at stake are so contentious? Host Michel Martin talks to two Congressmen, from both sides of the aisle --Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut,and Rep. Scott Garrett, a Republican from New Jersey.
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According to a study of four jurisdictions that have banned the use of hand-held devices while driving, the laws have not reduced accident rates.
January 29, 2010 A study by the Highway Loss Data Institute looked at accident rates before and after cell phone bans took effect in New York, the District of Columbia, Connecticut and California and found that month-to-month fluctuations in collision claims didn't change. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the study "irresponsible."
A woman receives treatment in a U.S.-run emergency clinic in Port-au-Prince.
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January 29, 2010 Victims of Haiti's earthquake still need urgent medical care. But once broken bones are set and amputations completed, patients will need longer-term help. Haiti's next challenge: How to house and care for those recovering from life-changing injuries.
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January 28, 2010 House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller says Congress will pass health overhaul legislation this year even though Democratic leaders are increasingly focusing on the economy and jobs.
January 28, 2010 President Obama gave his first State of the Union address Wednesday night. Ever year, Morning Edition checks some of the facts to find out more about what the president said in his speech. Steve Inskeep talks to: NPR's David Welna on the budget, NPR's Julie Rovner on health care, NPR's Christopher Joyce on nuclear plants, NPR's Jackie Northam on the Afghan war; and NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on the Iraq war.
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A barefooted runner takes to the streets.
January 27, 2010 Researchers say that people who learned to run barefoot put less stress on their feet and legs than their shod peers. And it's more energy efficient, too. Barefoot is, after all, the natural way to run.
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January 26, 2010 President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system hangs in the balance. Uwe Reinhardt, professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, says it won't make much difference to most Americans if the legislation dies. But Gail Wilensky, a health care economist who served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, says she believes there needs to be an overhaul of the system because the soaring costs are unsustainable.
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January 26, 2010 Children ages 8 to 18 consume an average of nearly eight hours each day of various forms of media, up from 6 hours in 2005, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In addition to TV consumption, kids are increasingly texting and talking on cell phones. The numbers are especially high within African-American and Latino communities. Host Michel Martin speaks with Vicky Rideout, an author of the study, freelance writer Rosie Molinary and Dannette Tucker, a mother of two and a regular Tell Me More parenting contributor. They discuss why kids are using so many mediums offer tips to parents on how to balance the amount of exposure.
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January 26, 2010 Facing political pressure from the Gulf Coast oyster industry, the FDA has backed off a plan to require that raw Gulf of Mexico oysters be treated to rid them of a potentially deadly bacteria found in warm-water oysters. The plan had sparked anger in Louisiana — especially in New Orleans.
January 26, 2010 The reason for a lack of willpower may be that you're working your prefrontal cortex too hard. If you give it too many jobs to do, it gets tired, calls it a day and gives into temptation.
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January 26, 2010 Republicans have some ideas for how their stalled health overhaul can get started again: Find some bipartisanship. The problem is that most Republicans don't agree on many of the proposals fellow party members are shopping around Capitol Hill.
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January 25, 2010 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed billions to improving the health of vulnerable people worldwide. Co-Chair Bill Gates assesses the foundation's work to date and discusses how innovation and partnerships can continue making a difference for the world's poorest, despite the economic downturn.
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According to a new study, people who smoke menthol cigarettes seem to have more difficulty quitting than those who smoke regular cigarettes.
January 25, 2010 Nicotine is definitely addictive, but scientists are still debating menthol's role in hooking people on tobacco. Some studies suggest that menthol allows smokers to take deeper drags or puffs on cigarettes, drawing in a greater amount of nicotine and its byproducts. Other researchers say there's no proof.
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