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D.C. Universities And Businesses Propose Bill Requiring 8 Weeks Of Paid Leave

With the business community and universities on board, it's looking more likely that D.C. workers will soon have paid family leave. But how much leave they get — and who pays for it — have not been decided.
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Medications Can Help People Stop Abusing Alcohol, But Many Don't Know That

It is still rare for a person struggling with alcohol abuse to be prescribed naltrexone or acamprosate, two medications that have been proven to help. Efforts are underway to change that.
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Putting The Patient At The Center Of Local Health Care

From "concierge" services to iPads connecting new parents with their babies in the nursery, Kojo explores some of the patient-centered ideas coming from health care innovation labs at local hospitals.

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LISTEN: Doctor Says Opioid Epidemic Hitting Every County In Maryland

Overdose deaths in Maryland jumped over 50 percent in the first half of 2016.

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War Studies Suggest A Concussion Leaves The Brain Vulnerable To PTSD

Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are far more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder if they have suffered a concussion. The reason may be a change in the brain's fear circuits.
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King County In Seattle Wants To Open Legal Heroin Clinics To Combat Epidemic

A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer Jeff Duchin tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.
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Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio

Carfentanil, a potent variation on fentanyl, is being blamed for a wave of opioid overdoses. In Cincinnati, the coroner, crime lab and first responders are struggling to keep up.
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Legalizing Marijuana: It Changes Policing, But May Leave Racial Disparities

California is among five states this year where marijuana legalization is on the ballot. But there's concern about if legalizing it will reduce the number of marijuana arrests among African-Americans.
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Controversy Continues Over Muscular Dystrophy Drug, Despite FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration approved a muscular dystrophy drug despite deeply flawed evidence. Was the decision a dangerous precedent or flexible pragmatism reflecting patients' values?
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Political Trends In Medicine: How Does Election Season Affect Our Health?

NPR's Scott Simon talks politics with Sally Satel, a clinical psychiatrist and medical policy expert. She follows political trends in medicine.

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