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2:32 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Tiny Magnetic Beads Help Tame Severe Reflux For Some People

Ralph Thomas plays the harp at his house in Arlington, Vt. His reflux symptoms weren't controlled by medication, so he decided to have surgery to install a LINX device.
Herb Swanson for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:48 am

Call it what you will — acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or just plain heartburn. About 1 in 5 Americans suffer symptoms each week. They spend $10 billion a year on medication to relieve those symptoms, including indigestion, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Some even get major surgery to cure this digestive disorder.

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Clinic In Tulsa To Remain Open
9:20 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Prediction: Two Of Three Abortion Clinics To Close

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says two of Oklahoma's three abortion providers could be shut down under a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Mary Fallin. The measure takes effect November 1.

The new law requires clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion if performed.  Planned parenthood says Reproduction Services in Tulsa is the only abortion provider in the state that meets the requirement.

Planned Parenthood staff attorney Tamya Cox tells the Tulsa World that abortion providers in Oklahoma City and Norman don't currently have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, as required under the new law.

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Shots - Health News
6:31 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle

Lots of basic science leads to some clinical trials and, if all goes well, new cancer treatments.
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Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 7:31 am

News about cancer therapies usually comes out in medical journals with the regular rhythm of an IV drip. But every now and then information comes out in a flood.

That's the case this weekend. The American Society of Clinical Oncology is holding its 50th annual meeting in Chicago. The convention typically attracts 30,000 attendees, making it one of the biggest cancer meetings of the year. And the amount of new information must be bewildering for even the most intrepid doctors.

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Sports
12:47 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Meet The Hash Harriers: The Original Drinking And Running Club

In 1938, a group of nine British officers in Kuala Lumpur started going for weekly runs to shake off their weekend hangovers. They didn't have any grand ambitions, but the small group — known as the Hash House Harriers — evolved into one of the world's biggest running collectives. With more than 2,000 branches, you can find Hash House Harriers in almost all the world's major cities.

So how did a bunch of beer-swilling runners make this happen?

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Health
6:46 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Measles Hits 20-Year High In U.S.

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 10:38 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Measles was eliminated in the year 2000 from the United States, but a lot can change in a few years. Today, the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention says the infection rate is at a 20-year high for measles. There have been 288 cases reported for the first five months of 2014. A couple of weeks ago we spoke to William Schaffner, who teaches preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University, about this very issue and he told us the huge factor in the outbreak is a lack of vaccinations.

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Shots - Health News
4:22 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

Manic, sad, up, down. Your voice may reveal mood shifts.
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Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 7:31 am

There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict when a manic episode is imminent in patients with bipolar disorder.

People with the disorder alternate between crushing depression and wild manic episodes that come with the dangerous mix of uncontrollable energy and impaired judgment.

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News
3:36 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Shinseki's Apology Punctuates A Long Career Of Service

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:07 pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for lengthy waits at VA facilities, saying he's ousting the leaders of a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after stories about delays in care there. Shinseki's decision to resign marks a muddy end to an illustrious career, which began when he joined the Army nearly five decades ago.

News
3:36 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:07 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Gen. Eric Shinseki is out as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. That comes after bipartisan calls for his resignation and growing outrage over scheduling from the VA health system. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

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News
3:36 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Retired Army Gen. On Shinseki: 'I Don't Look Up To Any Man More'

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:07 pm

For more on Gen. Eric Shinseki's decision to step down, Robert Siegel turns to Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former Vice-Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army.

Shots - Health News
12:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

VA And Military Health Care Are Separate, Yet Often Confused

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki addresses the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington, D.C., Friday, shortly before he resigned under bipartisan pressure.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 7:31 am

Delays in health care for veterans led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Friday. And the health system for active duty military has also come under the microscope for lapses in care.

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