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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.
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How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her 'Sugar Linings'

She didn't know that sporting an insulin pump on her bikini at a beauty pageant would make her an Internet sensation. Sierra Sandison is trying to use that to help others with Type 1 diabetes.
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Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen

Kojo sits down with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen to talk about her first months on the job, how she's prioritizing public health needs, and how her personal story instructs her vision for health policy and progress in Baltimore.

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What Makes Using Synthetic Drugs 'Like Playing Russian Roulette'

Drug researchers at the University of Maryland have been observing the rise of synthetic cannabinoids — designer drugs created overseas that have so far posed unique challenges to drug enforcement.

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What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class

They often think an older guy is a great boyfriend. They believe he's less likely to have HIV than a teenager. Plus, he's flush with cash. How do you get them to change their mind?
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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50 Years Ago, Medicare Helped To Desegregate Hospitals

The law creating a national health insurance program for older Americans was signed in 1965 after a long political battle. Renee Montagne talks to Edith Mitchell of the National Medical Association.
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Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.
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Discovery By U.Va. Researchers Could Lead To New Way Of Detecting Cancers

Researchers at the University of Virginia say they've made a discovery that could eventually lead to a new way to detect cancers. The breakthrough announced Wednesday has to do with DNA.

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