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BPA And Behavior: More Questions Than Answers

Higher levels of BPA in urine taken from mothers during pregnancy were associated with slightly "worse behavior" among their 3-year-olds, especially in girls, researchers found. But BPA exposure after birth didn't show the same pattern.

A Day To Think About Food Even More

An advocacy group says Food Day helps local activists feel connected to a national movement. Today there are more than 2,000 events around to country that will try to spur action around food issues like hunger and nutrition.

'Deadly Monopolies'? Patenting The Human Body

In a new book, medical ethicist Harriet Washington details how genes and tissues are increasingly being patented by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Those firms, she argues, are focused more on their profits than on the medical needs of patients.

Haiti Grapples With Highest Cholera Rate In World

Just one year after the cholera epidemic emerged in Haiti, nearly half a million Haitians have contracted the disease and more than 6,000 have died form it. Michel Martin explores what cholera is, and how Haiti's government is making new efforts to tackle the crisis. She speaks with Miami Herald Caribbean Correspondent Jacqueline Charles and Dr. Louise Ivers, who lives in Haiti and works for Partners in Health.

Medicare Enrollment Comes Earlier This Year

The annual "open enrollment" period for joining or changing prescription drug or private health plans is already under way. But the new dates are only one of several changes Medicare enrollees need to be aware of this year.

Big-Name Drugs Are Falling Off The 'Patent Cliff'

Dozens of popular high-end pharmaceuticals — from Lipitor to Nexium to Plavix — are going off-patent in the coming months and years. That will lead to a big drop in drug costs. But analysts say that could be offset by a price increase in other areas.