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Understanding The Wild Child, Or 'Nonconformist' Kid

We all knew the "wild child" in school, the one who couldn't sit still during story time, or raise her hand to speak in class. Elizabeth Weil has written a piece for the New Republic, asking if it's the child's fault, or the education system's. She talks with host Michel Martin.
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Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help

If obesity were a disease, would you be more likely to seek medical help because insurance would pay for treatment? Or would you feel stigmatized and just give up? That's the debate surrounding increased efforts to classify obesity as a disease.
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Getting Personal With Your Health Insurance Exchange Questions

Can I wait to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare until I get sick? Do young people really have to buy it? And isn't Obamacare really a negative term? Julie Rovner answers these and more as opening day looms for the new health exchanges.
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Frederick Clinics To Offer Free Flu Vaccines

The Frederick County Health Department will be offering free flu vaccines for children on a few days in October and November.

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Deadly Amoeba Found For First Time In Municipal Water Supply

Louisiana officials say they identified for the first time a dangerous form of amoeba in a municipal water supply. It was found after a 4-year-old boy died of a brain infection caused by the amoeba. They say this may make it easier to diagnose cases of encephalitis with unknown causes.
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For Wounded Vets, Climbing Half Dome Only Half The Mission

This week, a group of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, many with disabilities, marked Sept. 11 by climbing two peaks in Yosemite National Park. Climbing as a team, they say, gives them an opportunity to recapture what they miss about the military: a sense of camaraderie with a shared challenge.
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Synthetic Marijuana Prompts Colorado Health Investigation

Colorado has relaxed its marijuana laws, making authentic cannabis easier to come by. Synthetic marijuana that contains man-made chemicals has caused an outbreak of illnesses and hospitalizations across the state.
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After Disasters, DNA Science Is Helpful, But Often Too Pricey

For decades, DNA has been used to identify victims of crime, even victims of war crimes. But there's no international standard for using DNA analysis for identifying bodies after a disaster. So some scholars are calling for an international group with the same reach as weapons inspectors.
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Mollie Katzen: "The Heart Of The Plate"

The author of the legendary "Moosewood Cookbook" joins Kojo to talk about vegetarian eating, changing tastes and her new cookbook that eschews the tradition of a central entree.

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Are White Women Harder Hit By Poverty?

Many Americans are now living longer, but one group is being left behind. The average life expectancy for white women who dropped out of high school is shorter than it was two decades ago. Host Michel Martin finds out more from Monica Potts, a journalist at The American Prospect.

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