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U.K. Secretary Of State For Health Jeremy Hunt

Kojo chats with U.K. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt about efforts to digitize Britain's health system and why countries around the world are watching the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the United States.


Fat Doctors Make Fat Patients Feel Better, And Worse

Overweight patients say they feel doctors do a better job of weight loss counseling when the doctor's heavy, too. But they also say they feel more harshly judged by overweight doctors. The solution, researchers say, is for all doctors to be better trained to help patients manage weight.

Keeping Hepatitis A Out Of Frozen Berries Starts At The Farm

Consumers don't have good tools for getting the hepatitis A out of frozen berries, aside from cooking them. Good hygiene by pickers and processors remains the best protection.

Will A Pedometer Get You Off Your Duff?

Sitting is looking less and less healthy, but it can be hard to get up off the couch and go. Using a pedometer can help change those habits, a study says. That's good to know, since employers including the White House are increasingly using the gizmos in wellness programs.

Komen Foundation Scales Back Fundraising Walks

The Komen foundation has attributed the drop in walk participation, in part, to a crummy economy. But it's clear the organization underestimated the reaction to its short-lived decision in early 2012 to discontinue funding for breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood.
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Health Insurance Exchanges

Open enrollment for health insurance through state exchanges begins Oct. 1. The push to get the systems up and running and Americans signed up.


Big Questions About Testosterone Treatment For Men

Prescriptions for testosterone have surged for men 40 and older. Drugmakers have touted use of drugs to manage symptoms attributed to low testosterone, such as fatigue and a drop in libido. But those symptoms can also be caused by depression and normal aging.