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You, Your Doctor And A Computer: How Technology Impacts Personal Health Care

As medical practices and health systems adopt new information technologies, the doctor-patient relationship is beginning to change. Kojo talks with a panel of doctors about the ways technology is impacting personal health care.

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FDA Warns Against Test Touted As Mammogram Alternative

Who wouldn't want something better than mammograms for breast cancer screening? But machines that extract breast fluid to look for abnormal cells aren't it, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Still, some doctors have been offering the test to patients.
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A Nasty Fever Called Chikungunya Hits Close To Home

After being a problem in Africa and southern Asia for decades, chikungunya has made its way to the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne illness attacks the joints, causes fever, headaches and arthritis symptoms. There are no vaccines and treatments for the virus.
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How Plastic In The Ocean Is Contaminating Your Seafood

Fish can absorb toxic chemicals that have been dumped into waterways, but they can also get them from eating plastic. And there's a lot of plastic in the open ocean, which scientists say can act like a sponge, soaking up the chemicals already out there.
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Md. Will Meet Health Care Exchange Enrollment Goal By March, Says O'Malley

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the state will reach a 260,000-person enrollment goal by the end of March through the state's health care exchange.
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Promises To Fix Mental Health System Still Unfulfilled

Even for those with the will and drive to pursue treatment, the process remains difficult, frightening and full of holes. Mental health advocates say little has come, on the federal level, from the task forces and promises that followed the Newtown shootings.
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Health Insurance Seekers Find Networks Missing Key Providers

In an effort to cut costs to make their health plans more affordable, insurers are slashing their network of providers — and some marquee hospitals and doctors are not on their lists. In Washington state, the premier children's medical center isn't on many lists, and cancer care experts are limited, too.
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If You Drank Like James Bond, You'd Be Shaken, Too

A painstaking analysis of 14 James Bond novels by some British doctors reveals that the international spy consumed six or more drinks a day, on average. He also went on benders that would have made his driving stunts downright suicidal.
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Why Meningitis That Hit Princeton Is Hard To Beat With Vaccines

It turns out that the bacteria that are responsible meningitis B have a sugar coating that makes them look a lot like human cells. That similarity makes development of a vaccine against the germs especially tricky.
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Ancient Grains And Wild Greens (Rebroadcast)

Ancient dietary staples like farro, arugula and quinoa are making a comeback in modern recipes that are as much about flavor as nutrition. We consider the benefits and the industry behind these foods.

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