One of the biggest political question marks going into 2012 is the fate of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Audie Cornish speaks with Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times about what's ahead for Americans in terms of health care in the new year, including a constitutional challenge to the law's mandatory health care provision.
The Justice Department is on track to post a record number of health care fraud prosecutions in 2011. Researchers say DOJ reported 1,235 new cases this year, the largest since they began tracking the crime 20 years ago. U.S. Attorney's Offices in Miami, Puerto Rico and Houston accounted for the biggest number of cases. And DOJ officials say recoveries in these cases are bringing lots of money back to the U.S. Treasury. But some onlookers say the federal government can do more to nip health care fraud in the bud by cutting off payments to fraudulent recipients before they happen.
From the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant to the end of NASA"s shuttle program, a great deal of science stories made headlines this year. Science writers Mariette DiChristina, Matt Crenson, Steven Levy, and Paul Raeburn join Ira Flatow to discuss the year's top stories in science.
A little over half of the people we surveyed said they'll resolve to exercise more in 2012. More than a third will resolve to lose weight. And 13 percent say they'll commit to either quitting smoking or reducing how much they smoke.
Many have fallen of the new year's resolution bandwagon soon after adopting a new diet or quiting smoking. So how can you achieve year-end goals and start the year on a positive note? Roy Baumeister, co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength , has some tips.
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