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Invisibilia: The Unbearable Lightness Of Footwear

When we invented shoes, we slipped a surface between ourselves and the world. Ever wonder if this is the moment mankind fell from grace? No? Well, for better or worse, NPR's Colin Dwyer has.
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$1 Billion Health Care Fraud Took Advantage Of Medicare In Florida, Agents Say

Investigators say Philip Esformes, 47, used his access to thousands of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to perpetrate a massive and profitable fraud.
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Invisibilia: Do His Sunglasses Keep Him From Seeing The Light?

Cass Frankenstein started wearing sunglasses to protect himself from bullies. Decades later, he still wears them. Some friends and relatives say that holds people at bay. But he says it's worth it.
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Justice Department Moves To Block 2 Health Insurance Mergers

The Justice Department and a number of states filed suit today to block two big mergers in the health insurance industry. Anthem was planning to acquire Cigna, and Aetna sought to buy Humana. Justice Department officials said they had no doubt the mergers would reduce competition and hurt consumers.
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Invisibilia: How A Shirt Collar Helped A Man Survive Auschwitz

NPR's podcast and show Invisibilia explore how clothes shape who people think we are and who we want to be. Hanna Rosin tells the tale of an Auschwitz prisoner who appropriated a Nazi's shirt.
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Beer Bottles Will Soon Include A Reality Check: A Calorie Count

Some of the biggest brewing companies have agreed to list the number of calories, alcohol content and nutrition information on beer bottles and cans.
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Psychotherapy Helps People Tune Out The Din Of Tinnitus

One in 10 U.S. adults has tinnitus. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the few interventions that have been shown to help, but it's rarely prescribed by doctors, a study finds.
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Justice Department Moves To Block 2 Big Health Insurance Mergers

The Justice Department says proposed deals between Aetna and Humana as well as Anthem and Cigna would increase the cost of medical care for Americans. The deals are worth a combined $91 billion.
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Turning Down The Background Noise Could Help Toddlers Learn

Being surrounded by noisy conversations, radio or TV can make it harder for toddlers to learn new words, researchers say. Quieter conversations didn't affect the learning process.
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To Avoid Malaria, Try Sleeping With A Chicken At Your Bedside

A study finds that the Anopheles arabiensis species of mosquitoes, a major carrier of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, is repelled by the smell of chicken.

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