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How Broken Is The U.S. Health Care System? Let's Count The Ways

Nearly a third of spending on health care in the U.S. is wasted. There's lots of inefficiency, excess overhead and some outright fraud, too. But the biggest slice of the waste pie is unnecessary care.
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Want To Control Your Alcohol Intake? Ask For A Different Glass

The shape of the glass can fool a drinker into drinking more alcohol, but not so with soft drinks. New research shows that people were better able to calculate the halfway point of their beers in a straight glass.
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Study May Link Pro Football, Brain Decline

Professional football players may have an increased risk of later dying from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and ALS, according to a new study in the journal Neurology. Everett Lehman, a researcher at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and co-author of the study, discusses the findings.
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Tracking Viruses From Animals To People

From the West Nile virus outbreak in Texas, to hantavirus in Yosemite, to the newly-discovered tickborne 'Heartland' virus in Missouri, viruses that cross from animals to people are in the news. Maria Diuk-Wasser, who studies the ecology and epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, helps explain the science behind the headlines.
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The Secrets In A Cigarette

In his book Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition, historian Robert Proctor reveals little-known secrets of the cigarette, starting with the ingredient list: antifreeze, cocoa shells, liquorice and over 100 other additives.
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Paralympians 'Dream, Drive, Do' In London

The Paralympic Games will wrap up in London this weekend. Athletes with a range of disabilities from over 160 countries have participated in the biggest competition since the Paralympics began in 1960. Host Michel Martin speaks with Team USA Paralympic athlete and wheelchair sprinter Anjali Forber-Pratt.

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