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New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.

Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Order On Plan B

A U.S. district court ruling ordered it to end all age restrictions on the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill. The administration's decision came a day after the FDA lowered the age for which the product can be purchased without a prescription from 17 to 15.
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A Frontline Fighter In Pediatric HIV

Kojo talks with Johns Hopkins pediatric virologist Dr. Deborah Persaud about her career and the research that led to the first "functional cure" of an HIV-infected baby.


Second Thoughts On Medicaid From Oregon's Unique Experiment

An influential study of Medicaid in Oregon found that recipients used more health care, spent less money and reported improved health. But the results of a follow-up study are less positive about whether people with coverage were healthier.

Florida Legislature At An Impasse Over Expanding Medicaid

Republicans and Democrats in Florida's Legislature are at an impasse over whether to expand Medicaid. In order to pressure the Republican leadership to hold another vote, Democrats have invoked a rule requiring all bills to be read aloud in the entirety before they're voted on. In this post-Siri world, Republicans have plugged the bills into an electronic reader, dubbed Mary, who's reading t he bills at double speed to a chamber full of bored legislators.

A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines

Disruptions of sleep are well known as migraine triggers, but now researchers have found a genetic link between the two. In studying families with lots of migraines, they also found a mutation on a gene that helps control circadian rhythms.

Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk

A critical, unsupportive spouse isn't just a drag. That kind of mate increases the risk of major depression, researchers say. People can improve the quality of their relationships, Teo says. Interpersonal therapy and couples therapy can help identify communications problems, and come up with practical improvements.