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Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Fewer than 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness are reported each year. But the CDC says surveys of labs that test for the disease, six years of insurance claims and other surveillance methods suggest that the number of infections is actually 10 times higher.

Kids Involved in Bullying Grow Up To Be Poorer, Sicker Adults

Lots of kids get bullied, but they get over it, right? Many don't, a study says. Children who are involved in bullying are more likely to have serious health problems as adults. They also have trouble managing money, holding jobs and maintaining relationships.

Obamacare Raises Concerns About Doctor Deficit

As the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, more people are expected to have access to health insurance. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about the need for more doctors in low-income communities and an effort to train more physicians of color. She hears from Dr. Wayne Frederick, Chief Academic Officer at Howard University.

How To Get 'Young Invincibles' To Sign Up For Obamacare

The federal health care law requires young people to sign up for coverage. The health insurance premiums of younger, healthier adults will be important to balancing the cost of covering older, sicker Americans.

You Ask, We Answer: More Of Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about student status options and penalties. Julie Rovner, NPR's health policy correspondent, explains how it's going to work.

What's My Real Cancer Risk? When Online Calculators Don't Compute

There's a difference between knowing your breast cancer risk and believing it. When psychologists asked several hundred women to plug personal health data into an online tool that then calculated their breast cancer risk, nearly 20 percent rejected their scores as wrong.

How Many Cups Of Coffee Per Day Are Too Many?

A study suggests drinking four or more cups of coffee per day could significantly raise your risk of dying from any cause if you are under 55. But other medical researchers say four cups a day may be just fine if you're healthy.

N.J. Governor Gives Provisional OK to Medical Pot For Kids

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has approved a broad measure to ease restrictions on medical marijuana for chronically ill children, but he won't go as far as lawmakers would like.

After These Docs Saw The Farm, They Didn't Want The City

Missouri medical students who spent a summer working with country doctors were more inclined to pick primary care specialties later on. Nearly half of those who tried a summer in rural practice wound up working in rural areas in their first jobs after finishing medical training.
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Ancient Grains And Wild Greens

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.