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Make Room For Mushrooms: Fungi Compete With Meat In Burgers

Chefs and school cafeteria directors say burgers that blend mushrooms and meat are a hit. Mushroom-meat burgers are, on average, 24 percent lower in fat and 27 percent cheaper than regular, all-beef burgers, according to the Mushroom Council.
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Wondering If You Need A Strep Test? Crowdsourcing Might Help

A fever, lack of cough, and sick neighbors could help you assess your strep status at home. By measuring how many people have strep in the community, researchers say it could be much easier to figure out when it's time to go for the lab test.
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Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" (Rebroadcast)

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

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For Many Workers, It's Time To Consider Insurance Options

People with employer-based health plans won't have to shop for coverage on the exchanges. Still, the federal health law can affect them. As employers adjust plans to meet new requirements, people can expect to see changes in their coverage.
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Insurance Cancellations: The Price Of Mending A Broken System?

The cancellations are making some people angry and many anxious. Opponents of the health law feel vindicated. They all cite the conflict between the cancellation notices and President Obama's repeated promise that people who like their existing health coverage could keep it.
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Labeling GMO Foods

Around the country, the debate over GMO foods is shifting from questions of safety to the issue of labeling requirements. We look at a ballot initiative voters take up this week in Washington State on the issue.

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Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies

More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014.
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For Mind And Body: Study Finds Mediterranean Diet Boosts Both

A new study finds that women who followed a Mediterranean style of eating in their 50s were about 40 percent more likely to reach the later decades without developing chronic diseases and memory or physical problems, compared to women who didn't eat as well.
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Call Centers Got Big Deals Under Health Law, But How Big?

States have spent big on setting up their health insurance exchanges. But figuring out where the money is going can be difficult because some states don't release the information. The contractor running Connecticut's marketplace call center hasn't had to reveal pricing.
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Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Brain scans may help people who were ill treated as children realize that they process fear differently than others. They may have a harder time realizing what's truly a threat and what's not. Researchers say that can lead to increased risk of anxiety and depression.

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