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Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity

Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. The women running the program are hoping to get these young engineers hooked on helping. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi and will be distributed to hospitals around the country.

For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read

Braille hasn't changed much in the nearly 200 years it's been around. But with tablets, smartphones and e-readers, how we read things has. Judy Dixon of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped talks with NPR about how technology has changed Braille — and whether it can endure.

This Is Not Your Parents' Health Insurance

Oscar is not your typical health insurance company. The New York City startup — the first new health insurer in years — is run by veterans of many of Silicon Valley's biggest names. And the way the company's founders see it, your insurance should play a bigger role in your life — not just handling claims, but using technology to keep medical life organized.

California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

An Alameda County ordinance puts the responsibility for drug disposal squarely on the companies that made the medicines. States and the federal government have considered similar measures, but none has passed.

Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

Participation in the school lunch program suffered after USDA restricted the amount of grains and protein that could be served to kids at lunchtime. Now school food directors are applauding the decision to allow more of them back on lunch menus.
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Maryland Senate Could Extend Health Insurance Deadline

Maryland's Senate president says an emergency bill may be taken up next week to address problems the state has had with its health exchange website.

5 Things That Could Alter The Perception Of Obamacare

Insurance enrollment will be a key yardstick for assessing whether the Affordable Care Act is working. Almost as important as the total number of people who get coverage is whether a significant percentage of them are healthy.

New Year, New Health Care Plans ... Can Doctors Keep Up?

Thousands of Americans rang in 2014 with new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. But will doctors and hospitals start feeling the crunch? Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington Post health reporter Sarah Kliff.

Nuns' Objection To Health Care Law Is Unwarranted, Justice Dept. Says

Religious organizations have objected to the new health care law's requirement that employers include contraception coverage in the insurance plans they offer employees. But the Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt and has no standing to object.

Can One Girl Challenge The Traditions Of Her Village?

Kakenya Ntaiya tells the story of challenging ingrained traditions, insisting on continuing school, and becoming the first girl to leave her Maasai village for college.