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C-Sections Deliver Cachet For Wealthy Brazilian Women

Brazil's economic boom has driven the demand for births by caesarean section. Some 80 to 90 percent of women in private hospitals deliver this way. Proponents say it allows mothers and doctors to better organize their time. Critics say the procedure drives up costs and may cause complications.
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'More Than A Count,' Infant Mortality Is Societal Struggle

Infant mortality is an important indicator of the health of a nation, and decades-long efforts to improve birth outcomes are finally having an impact. Host Rachel Martin speaks with experts in the medical field who are working to promote healthy pregnancies and reduce infant mortality.
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Dramatically Different Medicare Bills Set Hospitals Thinking

How much hospitals around the country bill for 100 top procedures became public this week. Though insurance or Medicare may not actually pay the sticker price, some hospitals in Alaska are considering how they'll respond to more knowledgeable consumers.
NPR

Mom's X-Ray Vision Also Sees The Best In Us

Mothers know us better — sometimes better than we know ourselves. As any child will tell you, they really do have eyes in the back of their heads. When times are tough, they also have our back.
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Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs

How technological and medical advances in prosthetic limbs are changing lives.

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