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Backyard Chickens: Cute, Trendy Spreaders Of Salmonella

Backyard chickens have become a hot trend, loved as a source of healthy local food and fluffy wonderfulness. But backyard birds have also sparked outbreaks of salmonella, the CDC warns.
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Battling Suicide In A 'Gun State' Means Treading Carefully

Discussing gun control is not easy in Wyoming, which has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country. But it also has the highest per capita suicide rate, and guns are usually involved. One grieving mother is trying to boost awareness while respecting the state's gun culture.
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Dietary Determination: Under Government Purview?

Host Scott Simon tells us about the new "anti-Bloomberg" law in Mississippi, which bars cities and towns from passing local laws to limit portion sizes. What do you think? Please tell us on Twitter, @NPRWeekend.
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Public Health Campaigning, Like A New Yorker

The latest public health crackdown from New York City's mayor would prevent store owners from publicly displaying tobacco products. This initiative follows an effort to limit the sale of 16-ounce sugary drinks. Host Scott Simon talks with Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City's health commissioner, about the city's role as an incubator for novel public health initiatives.
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At Age 3, Affordable Care Act Is No Less Controversial

Political divisiveness over the health care law is as strong as ever, and the American public has never been more confused. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that may not be such a terrible thing.
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Doubts Raised About Cutting Medicare Pay In High-Spending Areas

An influential panel panned an idea to pay hospitals and doctors less under Medicare if they happen to be in regions that are heavy users of medical services. The approach has been popular with some in Congress.

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