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Unveiling Wide Gaps In Medical Care Costs

Newly unveiled government data shows shocking discrepancies in the cost of medical services. Kojo finds out what's behind these fee differences and how the release of this data may impact the cost of care for consumers.

WAMU 88.5

Barton Seaver: Kitchen Table Environmentalism & Public Health

You may not be thinking lofty topics like public health and environmentalism when you grill fish in your backyard, but Barton Seaver says the path to understanding such complex topics in human terms goes right through our stomachs ...

NPR

Rat 'Mutton' And Bird Flu: Strange Days For Meat Eaters In Shanghai

A month after dead pigs washed ashore in a Shanghai river, the city got an even more serious meat problem: A new bird flu appeared at poultry markets. But even a recent rat meat scandal hasn't kept Shanghai's omnivores from enjoying KFC and Kung Pao Chicken.
NPR

Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case

Those people who have contracted the H7N9 virus have become very sick. And unlike the older bird flu virus, this one shows some adaptation to mammals, making it a matter of concern. But it doesn't make chickens sick, posing unique difficulties in fighting this kind of flu.
NPR

What's In A Flu Name? Hs And Ns Tell A Tale

With the new H7N9 virus spreading through China and H5N1 popping up every now and then in Southeast Asia, it's tough to keep track of all the flu viruses. Here's a quick guide to what those Hs and Ns mean, and why viruses with these letters cause the most concern.
WAMU 88.5

Tackling Nursing Home Complaints With Ombudsman Programs

Who do you turn to when you have a complaint about a nursing home? One options for many families are ombudsman programs. They deal with more than 157,000 nursing home complaints each year, on topics large and small.

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