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New Strain Of Avian Flu Worries Scientists

Scientists are scrambling to understand a bird flu virus never before found in humans. It grabbed world attention this past week after it infected and killed people in China. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apparently, Some People Can't Be Bothered With Food

Believe it or not, there's a veritable subculture of otherwise healthy people who simply don't like eating real food. But liquid meal replacements may not be their best bet if they want an alternative.
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Medical Marijuana Bill Advances In Maryland

The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to allow the development a of medical marijuana program. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the bill Monday.


Kansas Set To Enact Law Saying Life Starts At Fertilization

Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the measure making abortion access much harder in Kansas. In addition to declaring that life begins "at fertilization," it blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and requires doctors to address a weak link between abortion and breast cancer.

With Plan B Ruling, Judge Signs Off On Years Of Advocacy

It's unclear if the Obama administration will appeal the ruling that allows the morning-after pill to be sold to women of all ages, without restriction. It's a fight that's been going on for a dozen years, and the ruling may not end it.

As Palliative Care Need Grows, Specialists Are Scarce

Some advocates argue that primary care doctors, surgeons and other specialists could add palliative medicine to their usual care. Removing bottlenecks for certification of palliative care specialists could also help.

Soil Lead May Be An Overlooked Threat To Kids' Health

The number of kids with dangerous levels of lead in their blood hasn't declined much in the last decade as the government has remained focused on managing lead-based paint. Now researchers argue that more attention to soil contaminated with lead is needed to prevent lead poisoning.