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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Some are concerned the narcotic could worsen the epidemic of abuse of prescription painkillers and overdoses.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
A mural in MGH’s pediatric cancer clinic tells the story of the hospital’s marathon team, which was founded by Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of MGH’s pediatric hematology-oncology program, in 1998. (Courtesy of MGH)

For young cancer patients, teaming up with a Boston Marathon runner this year means more than ever.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

The breakthrough brings scientists closer to developing patient-specific lines of cells, but also sparks ethical controversy.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

In Colorado, we meet a high school student who wants to stop smoking pot, but she’s finding it tough to do so.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, left, is pictured with emergency physician Dr. Ron Medzon at Boston Medical Center. (Courtesy: Haslet-Davis family)

Dr. Ron Medzon, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, recalls treating victims injured in the bombing.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

We look at a pilot program at a high school in outside of Denver that is now offering treatment for marijuana users.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Smoking marijuana (prensa420/Flickr)

New research showed changes in two key brain regions in recreational marijuana users between 18 and 25.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Runner (Jim Larson/Flickr)

Runners observing Passover have to forgo basic staples like bagels, oatmeal and pasta. A rabbi – who is also a runner – offers alternatives.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Adams City High in Commerce City, Colo., has about 2,000 students. During the 2010-2011 school year, 105 students were disciplined for drug or alcohol-related school offences. These students had almost twice as many unexcused absences, more than three times the number of days of school suspension, and almost a full grade point lower average GPA compared to students without drug/alcohol related offences. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio reports on how some parents and educators are talking about marijuana use with their kids.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eye doctors receive some of the highest medicare payouts of all physicians – as much as $20.8 million in 2012 for one doctor.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New data shows the national social insurance program paid a small group of doctors a large portion of the money.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Angela Merten is an in-person assister for the federal online marketplace at Touchette Regional Hospital. But she says most of the people she'll help sign up for health insurance will qualify for Medicaid under Illinois' expanded program. (Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois went ahead with Medicaid expansion, while neighboring Missouri did not. We hear how those choices are working out.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
From left, Andrew Meas, Dustin Shillcox, Kent Stephenson and Rob Summers, who are the first four to undergo task-specific training with epidural stimulation at the Human Locomotion Research Center laboratory, Frazier Rehab Institute, as part of the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center in Louisville, Kentucky. (University of Louisville)

Four paralyzed men who underwent the experimental treatment involving electric current were able to make some voluntary movements.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

The weekend shooting at Fort Hood is raising new questions about mental health care for soldiers and veterans.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Mark Power hugs his wife Brandi Power as his son Damon Power sits on his shoulders as they and others participate in a flag walk in memory of those killed and injured by Iraq war veteran, Ivan Lopez, on April 4, 2014 in Killeen, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provides support to military families who lose a soldier to suicide, in combat, or in tragedies like that at Fort Hood.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
Environmental Restoration project manager Tim Sloan oversees the work cleaning up the American Brass superfund site in Headland, Ala., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. The site is one of 40 on the Superfund list that are ready for the final construction work needed to finish cleanup. (Dave Martin/AP)

A new report finds the movement of waste to treatment sites creates a whole new set of environmental problems.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Dr. Gearhart and Catrena Drake update the day's appointments, marking which patients have arrived and which patients are still waiting to be seen. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

WHYY’s Maiken Scott wanted to find out, so she spent a morning at a busy Ob/Gyn and midwifery practice in Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Staff of the 'Doctors without Borders' ('Medecin sans frontieres') medical aid organisation carry the body of a person killed by viral hemorrhagic fever, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

Already more than 80 people have been killed from the hemorrhagic fever which has no vaccine or treatment.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Christian Science Church heavily lobbied for a religious exemption to the new health law. We hear from two sides.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Although the administration said there would be no more extensions, it now seems like there is a bit of wiggle room.

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Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 22 Comment

What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

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Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.

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Remembering Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

We remember the boxing champion, who was twice wrongly convicted of murder, with his longtime friend and defender.

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‘Wait Wait’ Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

For the second year in a row, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" is running with a legally blind athlete.