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The Quantified Self Movement

Tech Tuesday explores the "quantified self," a movement to harness personal data to increase healthy living.

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Youths At Risk Of Violence Say They Need Guns For Protection

One-quarter of youths surveyed in a hospital emergency room after being injured in an assault possessed a firearm, a study finds. Many said they needed guns to feel safer or for revenge. Addressing those fears could reduce homicide rates among teens.
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Winning Gold In Their Golden Years

Age of Champions is a documentary about athletes who, in their golden years, compete at the National Senior Olympics. Michel Martin speaks to the film's producer Keith Ochwat and John Tatum, a 94-year-old swimmer.
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Pushing Back The Health Care Mandate

Last week the Obama administration announced a delay in the implementation of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. We explore which other provisions of the law are affected, and what it means for consumers.

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Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex

There are tests for heart attacks and diabetes, but few for brain disorders. Researchers are trying to change that, but are finding the hunt for biomarkers for mental illness to be a tough slog. Tests on the market, like ones for Alzheimer's, are not conclusive.
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New Handicapped Sign Rolls Into New York City

A pair of guerrilla artists are on a mission to bring new momentum to the wheelchair-bound figure. It's an attitude that's already given some disabled people a voice they haven't had before.
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Ireland May Allow Limited Abortions

Politicians in the Catholic Republic of Ireland have overwhelmingly voted to introduce abortion in cases where the woman's life is in danger or she is at risk of suicide. John Waters, columnist for the Irish Times, speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about this sensitive issue.
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Growing The Latest In 16th-Century Medicine

A small section of the New York Botanical Garden's Wild Medicine exhibit recreates the Italian Renaissance Garden at Padua, Italy, the site of one of the earliest and most important medical schools.
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Abortion Providers Sue As Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill

The bill, passed by the Legislature in June, requires women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound. It also says that clinics that provide abortions should be within 30 miles of a hospital. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says the four clinics that provide abortions in the state are at risk with the new law.
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Genes May Reveal When Aspirin Won't Reduce Heart Risk

Millions of people take aspirin to avoid heart attacks and strokes, but it doesn't work for everyone. Researchers say they've found a group of genes that could be used to identify people who aren't helped by aspirin. The question is whether there are other remedies that would help.

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