Marilyn Tavenner, who has been running the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in an acting capacity since late 2011, has a big job. The agency oversees health coverage for more than 100 million Americans.
A recently published study found slightly elevated amounts of inorganic arsenic in samples of chicken meat purchased at grocery stores. Arsenic-based drugs are no longer used in chickens — but they are still used in turkeys.
Wednesday's prison sentencing of Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell raises the question of who has access to safe, legal abortions, and who does not. Host Michel Martin explores this question with The Root political correspondent Keli Goff and NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner.
Scientists used a Dutch woman's dirty stocking to learn that mosquitoes infected with malaria find humans hard to resist. Like a fungus that turns ants into zombies, the parasite seems to change the behavior of the mosquitoes for its own benefit.
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