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Merck Halts Sale Of Niacin Drug In 40 Countries

Tredaptive was never approved in the U.S., but it has been sold in many countries around the world. A large, international study found the drug did not reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, yet did trigger some serious side effects.

Feeling Miserable? You're Not Alone, And The Flu Epidemic Has Yet To Peak

Across the nation, many Americans are suffering from an outbreak that has hit hard and hit early. Hospitals are jammed and many places are running out of vaccine. The flu's already been blamed for the deaths of at least 20 children.

Haiti Then And Now: 3 Years After The Earthquake

Evidence of loss remains even three years after a massive earthquake claimed the lives of as many as 200,000 people in Haiti. One of the first photojournalists to capture the grim aftermath of the quake, NPR's David Gilkey traveled back to Haiti to revisit images he originally took in 2010.

Black Market Pharmacies And The Big Business Of Spam

An apparent feud between two black market pharmacies sheds light on a shady global industry.

Early Flu Season Could Turn Into A Severe One As Illness Spreads

Flu season has started early this year, and it's hit hard. The flu has gotten so bad in Boston, for example, that the mayor declared a public health emergency this week. Audie Cornish speaks with Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the scope of this year's outbreak and what people can do to avoid getting infected.

Estimated Costs Drive Debate As Florida Weighs Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Rick Scott says he's concerned about how much expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would cost. But after he was charged with exaggerating, his administration released a new study with much lower estimates.

Speaking More Than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer's

Neuroscientists have found that bilingual seniors were better at certain skills that can fade with age than their monolingual peers, which could help protect them against Alzheimer's disease. But the researchers don't know whether learning a second language in adulthood would provide the same benefit.