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Unusually Early Flu Season Intensifies

The flu is back early this season. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cases
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Mind And Body: Head Injuries And What New Research Means For Football

For our series “Mind and Body”, Diane and her guests discuss the latest science on head injuries and how to best protect players.

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Debate Over The Benefits Of Routine Mammograms

The availability of 3-D mammograms renews debate about who should get them and when: Calculating the health benefits of routine mammograms.


Manhood, Football And Tragedy

Funeral services were held for Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins this week. Belcher fatally shot Perkins before killing himself in front of his coach. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the tragedy and whether it says something larger about the culture of professional sports.

No Joke

Why Even Tragedy Gets A Laugh — When comedian Tig Notaro found out she had breast cancer, she incorporated the grim news into her stand-up routine--and got quite a few laughs from the audience. Notaro and neuroscientist Robert Provine discuss the origins of laughter, what separates the amusing from the truly funny, and why even tragedy sometimes gets a laugh.

'Escape Fire' Exposes Flaws Of American Healthcare

In Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare", director Matthew Heineman exposes what he sees as flaws in the U.S. healthcare system, such as a doctor who can spend just minutes with her patients to a soldier addicted to painkillers. Colonel Chester 'Trip' Buckenmaier III, of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, describes the military's efforts to swap pain pills for alternative therapies, like acupuncture and yoga.