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Virginia Case Raises Questions About Ethics Of Patient Care

NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Katie Watson, a professor of medical humanities at Northwestern University, about the doctors who made inappropriate jokes about a sedated patient.

OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing safe patient handling practices to prevent hospital workers from suffering debilitating injuries.

Death Toll Rises To 800 As Heat Wave Hits Pakistan

At least 800 people have died in a heat wave sweeping through Pakistan.

Are You Flossing Or Just Lying About Flossing? The Dentist Knows

A survey says one quarter of adults lie to their dentist about flossing. That number seemed low to us. So we called up some periodontists. And they laughed.
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The FDA Bans "Trans Fats"

The federal government has ordered American food companies to remove trans fats from their products within the next three years. The Food and Drug Administration pushed forward with the ban out of a concern for how trans fats have contributed to obesity and heart disease, among other things. "Food Wednesday" explores the ban, and the role technology is playing in replacing trans fats.


Vietnam Is Having Condom Problems — And That's A Good Thing

New prosperity brings new problems. For example: What does a government do when aid money for condom handouts is dwindling?

When Does Workplace Wellness Become Coercive?

A small but growing number of employers tie financial incentives to losing weight and exercising. The cost of nonparticipation can be so high that critics question whether workers have a true choice.

That's Not Fair! Crime And Punishment In A Preschooler's Mind

Children as young as 3 years old will step in to right the wrong if they see someone being mistreated, a study finds. But they aren't as keen as 5-year-olds to dole out punishment.


Calif. Health Officials Aid People Facing Astronomic Drug Bills

Specialty medicines have forced some to choose between treatment and paying rent. California will put a lid on the amount anyone enrolled in most Obamacare plans can be charged for high-end medicine.

Review Raises Troubling Questions About Marijuana's Safety, Effectiveness

A report finds mixed results when it comes to how well medical marijuana works to calm pain and control symptoms. And, an editorial says states legalizing pot for medical use may be jumping the gun.