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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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Prescription drug plan

Dec 9, 2005
Roughly half of eligible seniors may not sign up for the government's new prescription drug program. Helen Palmer explains.
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What to do with Afghanistan's opium

Dec 9, 2005
Commentator Maia Szalavitz argues Afghanistan's opium crop should be turned into legal pain medication.
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National healthcare... for some

Dec 9, 2005
Bad news for British people who are obese, or who drink and smoke heavily. They may soon be denied treatment by the state funded national health service. For London, Stephen Beard reports.
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How to do Health Savings Accounts the right way

Dec 8, 2005
Commentator Henry Aaron looks at the debate over new high-deductible health insurance plans called Health Savings Accounts.
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Broadband is good for your health

Dec 8, 2005
If we were more wired, we could save billions of healthcare dollars, says a report released today. It looks specifically at how the bill for seniors and the disabled could be slashed if speedy broadband access were more widespread. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.
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Kids food advertising

Dec 7, 2005
A report from the government's Institute of Medicine finds foods marketed to kids tend to be high in calories and low in nutrition. But as Helen Palmer reports, healthier alternatives are hard to market.
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