February 1, 2010 Teens who binge drink have a lot more to worry about than bad hangovers. A new study shows that heavy teen drinking can cause brain damage that can affect thinking and memory skills. Neuroscientist Susan Tapert explains the findings, published in the January issue of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
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February 1, 2010 Each New Year's, Christmas and birthday seems to come round faster every year. But why is it that we feel time goes by faster as we get older? Scientists dissect one of life's intriguing mysteries.
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February 1, 2010 Several high profile celebrities have offered their voices and their dollars following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. But there are countless others — ordinary folks — who have stepped up, donating their time and innovative ideas to raise money and awareness. Haiti natives Yves Louis-Jacques, a marketing and brand strategist living in New York; Miami-based Cassandra Theramene, founder of the philanthropic group Essence of a Haitian Woman, and college student Roberte Exantus, president of the Haitian Student Association at Howard University in Washington, D.C, share stories of loss, hope and devotion to their country in the aftermath of the tragedy.
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Randi Hutter Epstein received her M.D. from Yale University; she teaches journalism at Columbia University's graduate school.
February 1, 2010 Mare's-urine cocktails? Do-it-yourself forceps? Randi Hutter Epstein's new book Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth From the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank is full of delightful — and sometimes disturbing — anecdotes about the history of pregnancy and childbirth.
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February 1, 2010 Recently diagnosed with breast cancer and no longer covered by her school's health insurance, Erica Rex married her British fiance Roger Greenhalgh and moved to England in order to get the care she needed.
Bob Karch is the chairman and a professor in the Department of Health and Fitness at American University. Here, he helps cross-country champion Steve Hallinan check his heart rate while cross-training on the bike.
February 1, 2010 Getting fit can seem a daunting task, but increasingly, research is finding that small changes can make a big difference. Something as simple as brisk walking can markedly improve fitness — and lifespan. One key to optimizing your workout is getting your heart rate in the target zone.
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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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