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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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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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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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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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Consumer Reports looks at drug side effects

Dec 7, 2005
The current issue of Consumer Reports magazine warns that consumers take popular medications without fully understanding their possible side effects. Janet Babin reports.
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Blowing the whistle on Mentor

Dec 5, 2005
Silicone breast implants are stirring up controversy again. An ex-employee of implant maker Mentor claims the company misrepresented safety data and chose not to fix a problem with their implants. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.
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Faith-based insurance

Dec 5, 2005
With millions of Americans lacking health insurance, more are turning to alternatives -- including, for some, Christian health cooperatives. But as Hillary Wicai reports, not everyone's thrilled with this leap of faith.
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Breast cancer device

Dec 5, 2005
Researchers are working to lower breast cancer rates by giving women a low-cost, at-home diagnostic tool to help them locate tumors. Aries Keck reports.
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