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Early Deadline For Medicare Enrollment This Year

The annual enrollment period for privately run Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug benefits starts Saturday, rather than in mid-November as in past years. The deadline for enrollment has also been pushed up — to Dec. 7 from Dec. 31.

Private Medicare Plans Use Stars To Navigate For Profits

Consumers aren't the only ones paying attention to the quality ratings of private Medicare coverage. Health plans stand to make big bucks by scoring higher in Medicare's rating system.

Landmark Book On Women's Sexuality Turns 40

Our Bodies, Ourselves turns 40 years old this year, and the new edition includes the latest data on safer sex, body image, local and global activism, changes to the health care system and more. Christine Cupaiuolo, June Tsang and Jamia Wilson contributed to this edition. They speak with Michel Martin. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

Black Doctors: On Prostate Screening Controversy

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently said that prostate cancer screenings don't save lives, and recommends that healthy men should not get prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood tests. Dr. Compton Benjamin, a urologist at George Washington University, argues that the PSA provides the best insight into whether a patient may have prostate cancer. But Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society says the PSA is overused and usually inconclusive. Both speak with Michel Martin. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)

Teens Use Condoms More Often During First Sex

Some 8 in 10 sexually active teen boys reported using a condom the first time they had sex, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.

Rebuilding Soldiers Transformed By War Injuries

More soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds that would have been fatal a decade ago. The injuries have led to advances in combat medicine but have challenged the health care systems meant to help veterans back home. War reporter David Wood talks with Fresh Air about the hurdles facing these troops and their families.