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Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Some companies think microalgae could be the alternative protein of the future, but can it top plant proteins?

Doctor Recalls Facing Cadavers, Mortality In Gross Anatomy Lab

Eleven years ago, NPR's Melissa Block followed a group of first-year medical students in one gross anatomy lab as they confronted cadavers and mortality. She checks back in with one of those students.

I'm An Obstetrician And I Failed At Breast-Feeding

She knew that breast is best. So when she couldn't breast-feed her children, she felt she had failed as a mother and a doctor. Until a wise pediatrician gave her permission to stop.

Women In Combat Zones Can Have Trouble Getting Contraceptives

Fifteen percent of active duty service members are women, and 97 percent of those women are of childbearing age. So why is it still tough for many to get refills of contraceptives when deployed?

One Man's Quest To Combat Counterfeit Drugs — With A Suitcase

Fake and shoddy medications kill about 100,000 people around the world each year. Many "drugs" are no more than just chalk or water. An engineer in Boston is trying to change that.

Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Downplay Diet's Role In Obesity

Coca-Cola is funding a new nonprofit that blames obesity on lack of exercise, not on bad diets. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anahad O'Connor of The New York Times about the group's controversial message.

San Diego Installed Public Loos, But Now They're Flush With Problems

The city installed new public toilets that are better ventilated than port-a-potties and include running water. But they turned out pricier than expected, and plans for more are circling the drain.

If You Fall Ill Abroad, Should You Seek Local Help Or Head Home?

A guide to global medical care shows which countries are risky (you don't want to have a car accident in Botswana) and where you don't have to worry (care for heart attacks is solid in Sao Paolo).

EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River

The spill on Wednesday sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest. Estimates of the spill's size have risen sharply since then.
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Virginia Hospitals Seeing Dramatic Reduction In Medicare Readmissions

Virginia hospitals have dramatically decreased readmissions following a prompt from the federal government.