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Seaweed On Your Dinner Plate: The Next Kale Could Be Kelp

Why are chefs adopting sea greens in their cuisine? They're tasty and nutritious, and growing them is good for the planet. Maine's budding seaweed business is boosting an endangered coastal economy.
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Lead Poisoning: A Doctor's Lifelong Crusade To Save Children From It

In the '70s, Dr. Herbert Needleman made a discovery that changed how people think about lead. His work led to a ban on lead in gasoline. But as seen in Flint, Mich., lead poisoning is still a concern.
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Families Isolated By Rare Genetic Conditions Find New Ways To Reach Out

A website that helps connect families of kids who have extremely rare genetic diseases with scientists — and with other families — is turning up new diagnoses, support and avenues of treatment.
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Guess Which Woman Is Having A Heart Attack (Hint: You Can't)

Linda Johns was in the midst of a presentation at a Seattle bookstore when she suddenly felt intense flulike symptoms. But it wasn't flu. It was a heart attack, a type that hits healthy young women.
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Does The Olympics In Rio Put The World In Danger Of Zika?

There's a heated battle about the Olympics in Rio. Some health experts are calling for the games to be moved because of Zika. Others say attending the games doesn't pose a threat.
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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Author Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before a presentation that she didn't remember it the next day. She wrestles with her reasons for drinking in her memoir. Originally broadcast July 30, 2015.
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A Permanent Fund That Could Help Fight Zika Exists, But It's Empty

Back in 1983, Congress authorized a public health emergency fund. But the pot of money was never very substantial and it hasn't been replenished. The fund now stands at $57,000.
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Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

Many combatants return from the battlefield with hearing loss. The U.S. Army has begun deploying a "smart earplug" system that can protect hearing without blocking crucial sounds.
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Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

A synthetic version of the human genetic blueprint might used for a wide range of medical research, scientists say. But it's far from reality, and comes with big ethical and safety questions.
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Medical Examiner's Report Confirms Prince Died Of Opioid Overdose

A medical examiner's report confirmed he cause of Prince's death was self-administered fentanyl. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen about what fentanyl is and how its illicit use has led to a growing number of overdoses.

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