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Debate Over Prescription Painkiller Regulations

The number of deaths in the U.S. from narcotic painkillers has quadrupled since 1999. But the FDA’s new recommendations for tightening restrictions on narcotics is prompting concerns about pain management.


Nobel Goes To Scientists Who Took Chemistry Into Cyberspace

The three scientists sharing the 2013 Nobel Prize for chemistry developed computerized tools for studying complex molecules, such as enzymes and the photosynthesis machinery. These techniques allow engineers to design drugs and new chemical reactions more quickly and cheaply.

Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The treatment would allow doctors to replace the genetic glitches in one human egg with healthy DNA from a donor egg. Ethicists are concerned because any changes to eggs or sperm could be passed on for generations to come.

Shifting Resources To Front Lines Could Protect Polio Workers

Bombs targeting polio vaccinators have threatened the global effort to stamp out the disease once and for all. The attacks are likely to continue, researchers warned, unless there's a change in eradication strategy toward local action.

Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It's On The Job

An estimated 278 people in multiple states have been sickened by an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken. Despite stories suggesting otherwise, USDA says its work on the outbreak hasn't been hampered by the federal government shutdown. CDC is calling back about 30 furloughed staffers to help with its response.

State Health Exchanges: The Good, The Bad, And The Glitches

Melissa Block speaks with Jocelyn Guyer from the health policy consulting firm Manatt Health Solutions about the good and bad of the state health exchanges so far.

Many Teens Admit To Coercing Others Into Sex

Sexual violence appears to have roots in adolescence, so researchers asked teenagers and young adults if they'd ever forced someone to have sexual activity against their will. About 1 in 10 had. Psychological pressure was the most common tactic.

Mental Health Care: Why Some Get It And Some Don't

The shooting death of a young woman near the U.S. Capitol last week is raising questions about black women's access to mental health care. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with Dr. Annelle Primm, the American Psychiatric Association's Director of Minority and National Affairs.

Veterinarians Say Health Law's Device Tax Is Unfair To Pets

The Affordable Care Act included a sales tax on medical devices that is supposed to help pay for the expansion of health insurance coverage. But the tax is being levied on some devices, such as ultrasound scanners, that are used to diagnose and treat animals instead of humans.

First Malaria Vaccine Moves A Step Closer To Approval

A decades-long effort to prevent one of the world's leading scourges has resulted in a vaccine with only modest efficacy. Still, the shot has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. So its developers are seeking regulatory approval in 2014.