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Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy Decision And Weighing Cancer Risks

Writer and breast cancer survivor Peggy Orenstein talks with David Greene about actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. The cancer risk for most women is much lower than Jolie's.
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New Research On Stroke Rehabilitation And Recovery

Every year, strokes disable more than 650,000 people. Guest host Susan Page discusses new research on stroke rehabilitation and recovery.


Jolie's Double Mastectomy Shines Light On Preventing Cancer

When movie star Angelina Jolie announced this week that she had had a double mastectomy as a way to prevent breast cancer, it stirred up a lot of discussion about the disease and how its treated. To discuss the implications, David Greene talks to writer Peggy Orenstein, a breast cancer survivor. She recently wrote a piece for The New York Times Magazine called, "Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer."

Eating Much Less Salt May Be Risky In An Over-Salted World

A low-sodium diet may cause more health problems than a medium-sodium diet, a new report found. But some health advocates say focusing on the potential risks of a low-sodium diet distracts from the more important conversation about how to get Americans to start consuming less salt.

How A Florida Medical School Cares For Communities In Need

Florida International University's medical school has made community-based health care a central part of its curriculum. With home visits and a mobile health clinic, students connect with families in neighborhoods where medical care is scarce.

Feds Push For Lower Alcohol Limits For Drivers

The National Transportation Safety Board wants the blood alcohol limit to be lowered from 0.08 to 0.05, in line with the limits in countries such as Denmark, the Philippines and Switzerland. But it may be tough sell in states across the country.