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A hostile environment

Dec 20, 2005
A recent explosion at a chemical plant in Northeast China dumped 100 tons of benzene into the Songhua River. Which leads eventually to Russia. Which leads to an international incident. Jeremy Page, the Moscow correspondent for the Times of London, talks to Kai about it.
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When kids don't smoke

Dec 20, 2005
A new report out shows teen smoking has dropped by more than half, costing the tobacco industry billions. Helen Palmer reports from the Marketplace Health Desk.
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A bad idea for Medicaid

Dec 20, 2005
Healthcare provider and commentator Stefan Kertesz argues against proposed cost-sharing plans for Medicaid patients.
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No really -- they're GOOD for you!

Dec 15, 2005
The Illinois Supreme court today threw out a $10 billion judgment against Philip Morris parent company Altria in a consumer fraud case over "light" cigarettes. But the story doesn't end there. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Do they cause light lung cancer?

Dec 15, 2005
A decision is expected today in a case over whether cigarette maker Phillip Morris must pay more than $10 billion for allegedly marketing light cigarettes as a healthy alternative to regular ones. Helen Palmer has more.
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It's not just for poor people anymore

Dec 14, 2005
The House passed a bill a couple weeks ago cutting $50 billion from the budget; some of that money came from Medicaid. The cut's running into more political opposition than its backers might have expected. Robert Reich explains why.
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Health plan shopping

Dec 14, 2005
It's the end of the year and many of us are shopping for a new health plan. Consumer Advocate Jamie Court warns us that we better read the fine print.
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The 'kraut that cures?

Dec 14, 2005
News that sauerkraut could help treat avian flu has given new life to an old side dish. Brian Bull of Wisconsin Public Radio has more.
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Mapping cancer

Dec 13, 2005
Scientists have decoded the human genome, the chimp genome, and the cow and the yeast and the rat and the dog genome. Today the National Institutes of Health launched a new project, to map the cancer genome. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Mercky waters

Dec 12, 2005
The first federal lawsuit over Merck's painkiller Vioxx has ended in a mistrial. Helen Palmer looked into what a mistrial means for the 7,000 pending Vioxx cases.
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