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Can Chocolate Boost Brain Health? Don't Binge Just Yet

There's tantalizing — if preliminary — evidence that compounds in cocoa may boost thinking, attention and memory. But headlines on the latest research get it wrong.

Scientists Disclose Plans To Make Superflu In Labs

The proposed studies would essentially create a recipe for a more contagious bird flu. Some scientists worry these viruses could escape the lab and possibly kill millions. But others think the information gleaned from the experiments is critical for keeping H7N9 from becoming a global threat.
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This Week On Metro Connection: Profiles

We returned to the archives this week, to pluck out stories about people we simply cannot forget.


What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad? It's Not Them, It's You

The bacteria that cause many cases of ear infection in kids and pneumonia in the elderly are usually harmless until activated by distress signals from their human host. When the flu or another virus gives you a fever, for example, mild-mannered pneumococcus can turn nasty.

Obamacare Foes Make Final Push To Stop Health Law's Implementation

Less than eight weeks before the official launch of the new health care marketplaces, the Obama administration is ramping up efforts to encourage people to sign up. But some opponents want young people to pay a fine rather than sign up for health insurance, hoping to harm the new law.

Fix Is In For Congressional Obamacare Glitch

For employees on Capitol Hill, the new health law left some ambiguity as to who will be required to switch from federal worker insurance to health exchanges. For those who will have to switch, it's unclear what sort of employer contributions they can expect into the future.

Redefining Cancer To Reduce Unnecessary Treatment

Sometimes the condition a doctor labels as cancer isn't much of a health threat. Some cancer specialists are now looking at whether it's time to rethink what gets called cancer to lower anxiety and cut waste.

Decades After Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

A special committee that includes two members of the Lacks family will review scientists' applications for access to the genetic sequence of cells derived from a tumor that killed Henrietta Lacks. The cells are among the most widely used in research.

Pot Liquor: A Southern Tip To Save Nutritious Broth From Greens

Boiling up a pot of kale or collard greens can be tasty, but it also strips out a lot of the vitamins that make these vegetables so nutritious. Southern chefs have long known how to salvage the leftover liquid. They drink it as a tonic, use it as a soup base or create incredible entrees.

'Paying Till It Hurts': Why American Health Care Is So Pricey

New York Times correspondent Elisabeth Rosenthal is spending a year investigating why American medical bills are so much higher than in other developed countries. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "Every part of the [U.S.] system needs to rethink the way it's working."