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Enrollments For The Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly

The Obama administration projected that within the first month of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, half a million individuals or families would sign up. Nearly three weeks in, the actual number of enrollments looks to be much smaller. Technical issues have been a big factor.

World's Eyes On Washington's New Recreational Pot Rules

Washington State has finalized rules for recreational marijuana sales, joining Colorado in beginning to create a legal framework for the pot industry. Randy Simmons, deputy director of the Washington Liquor Control Board, says other states and even other countries are watching Washington's developing system very closely.

With Addiction, Breaking A Habit Means Resisting A Reflex

Addiction can come in a lot of forms, but the defining characteristics are the same. But Dr. Charles O'Brien, who's been studying addiction for years, says the treatment must fit the patient. Even with advances in medication, he says combining approaches is the most likely path to success.

Comedian Faces His Addictions To Food And Alcohol

In a single week, Jamie Kilstein realized he was both an alcoholic and a food addict. Since then, he has been working through his addictions on his own.

For 'Young Invincibles,' Insurance Isn't Just A Health Issue

For the Affordable Care Act to work, young, healthy people have to sign up for the new insurance exchanges. But these so-call Young Invincibles have a number of reasons for forgoing coverage. Host Scott Simon talks with Lisa Dubay of the Urban Institute about these 18- to 35-year-olds.

When The Cost Of Health Insurance Outweighs The Risk

Part-time bartender Jacob Kreider, 33, tells host Scott Simon that he's chosen not to take the medical plan for which he qualifies under the Affordable Care Act. He says he'd rather use the money to pursue his career goals.

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Researchers say naturally occurring viruses that target bacteria might one day help help treat human infections with germs that are resistant to antibiotics. The research is still in the early stages, and there are quite a few challenges to overcome before a treatment can even be tested in humans.
WAMU 88.5 What Went Wrong

Kojo explores the challenges behind launching government web sites like, and finds out what kind of impact the botched health care rollout could have on future IT projects.


To Prevent HIV Infection, Couples Try Testing Together

The majority of new HIV infections among gay men in the U.S. these days occur within committed couples. So researchers are piloting a strategy that's been successful in Africa. Gay couples in several cities have tried it and say the benefits are unexpected.

Painkiller Overdose Deaths Strike New York City's Middle Class

Accidental drug overdoses have long been seen as problems more common in neighborhoods that are poor and troubled. But prescription opioids have brought overdose deaths to the middle class, a study in New York City finds. Opioid overdoses were more common in higher-income neighborhoods than heroin overdoses.