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Conservative Appeals Court Judge Writes Opinion Upholding Health Law

The 2-1 ruling by the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., affirms the health insurance mandate at the core of law. The majority found the mandate to be consistent with Congress' constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce.

Unhappiest Hospital Patients Are In New York City, Chicago And Florida

Patients in those places gave some of the lowest evaluations of their hospital stays, Medicare data show. The surveys asked patients how well their doctors and nurses communicated, whether their pain was always handled welland whether their rooms were clean and quiet.

Judge Beats His Daughter ... Abuse Or Discipline?

Texas family law judge William Adams was recently caught on video beating his then 16-year-old daughter. Some applaud Adams while others are horrified. Host Michel Martin hears from regular parenting contributors Leslie Morgan Steiner, Dani Tucker and Jolene Ivey, as well as creator Stacey Patton. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

The Surgery That Saves Silenced Singers

Adele has totally dominated the pop charts in 2011, but she's cancelled concerts for the rest of the year to have an operation on her vocal cords. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on how singers get to the point where they need this kind of surgery, which singers from Julie Andrews to John Mayer have had in recent years.

Clear The Air: Scented Candles, Air Fresheners Can Be Irritating

Allergists see an uptick in problems reported by people sensitive to chemicals in products used to freshen up the home. The symptoms can be mistaken for allergies, but the treatment is different.

Organic Isn't Always Safer When It Comes To Botulism

An outbreak of botulism linked to organic Italian olives makes it clear that even food that sounds pristine can harbor deadly pathogens. Organic foods may be more vulnerable to some pathogens because of the way they are grown. Food processors fight botulism with heat, salt, and acid.

Why HPV Vaccination Of Boys May Be Easier

The idea that teenage girls might have sex is hard for many parents to accept, complicating the case for HPV immunization. For boys, sex is almost expected, so there may be less resistance to their vaccination.