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Nobelists Showed How Immune Defenses Work And Go Awry

The three scientists who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine opened important windows on how the immune system works to defend against microbial invaders and refrain from attacking animals' cells.

In New Term, Supreme Court To Tackle Divisive Issues

The constitutional challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul almost certainly will be decided this term. Also making their way to the court are cases involving immigration, affirmative action, gay marriage and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The court starts with a dispute over Medicaid payments.

Shortages Lead Doctors To Ration Critical Drugs

Drug shortages may be the new normal in U.S. medical care, experts say. Most drug shortages occur because something goes wrong in the manufacturing process that halts production.

When Scientists Fail, It's Time To Call In The Gamers

For more than a decade, Researchers were stumped by the structure of a tiny protein that causes AIDS in rhesus monkeys. Eventually they turned to computer gamers, who figured out the protein's structure in just 10 days.

Health Care Among Hot Topics Awaiting High Court

The Supreme Court returns to the bench this week after its summer recess. The new term begins tomorrow with some 50 cases on the docket, and several of them deal with hot-button political issues. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg about the upcoming Supreme Court term.

Fat Tax Lands On Denmark's Favorite Foods

Times are tough in Europe these days. If you crave comfort food in Denmark to lift your mood, it'll cost you. Starting Saturday, shoppers in Denmark will pay extra kroner according to the saturated fat levels of certain foods. It's being called The Fat Tax. Host Scott Simon reflects on Denmark's attempt to fight obesity.

Surgery Not 'A Magic Pill' For Obese Patients

One of the fastest growing segments of the weight-loss market is surgery. But doctors warn that it should not be seen as a quick fix. Indeed, though surgery can help with diabetes and high blood pressure, some patients struggle with health issues even years after going under the knife.

On Anniversary Of Funding Ban, Even Allowed Abortions Often Go Unpaid For

Even abortions that technically qualify for public funding often don't get reimbursement. In those cases, the fees were paid by the women themselves, by abortion providers or by nonprofit abortion funds.