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Colorado's Long-Lasting Birth Control Program For Teens May Not Last Long

NPR | Sept. 04, 2015

Colorado's experiment with long-lasting birth control proved a big success in reducing unplanned pregnancies and abortions. But political backing has been hard to come by.

When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty

NPR | Sept. 04, 2015

The rise of legal marijuana seems to be fueling a spike in the number of pets that become unhappily high off of pilfered treats. The dose is rarely fatal, but it can be a buzzkill.

How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

NPR | Sept. 04, 2015

More than a quarter of parents in a recent poll say they hope their teens who play high school sports will become professional athletes. But sky-high parental expectations can have a dark side.

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Illinois House Leaders Override Governor's Veto On Heroin Addiction Bill

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 10:32 a.m.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.

Economy | Health | Business

Most Health Savings Account Owners Stick With Conservative Options

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 7:29 a.m.

People who have had health savings accounts open longer are more likely to invest their contributions. But only about 5 percent of all account holders do so.

Health | World

Fasting To The Death: Is It A Religious Rite Or Suicide?

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 5:44 a.m.

A member of the ancient religion of Jainism who is very sick or very old may opt to stop eating. But India's Supreme Court is weighing a ban on the practice because suicide is illegal by Indian law.

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Feds Want Adult Homes To Be Less Institutional

OPB | Sept. 2, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

The way Oregonians are treated in foster homes and assisted living facilities could change under a federal proposal.

Health | Nation

Are Statins Bad For Me? Personalized Medicine Can't Yet Say

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 1:39 p.m.

Statins made her feel wretched, so she took a DNA test to find out why. But even the doctor with the genetic testing company admits that the test doesn't tell you much more than you already know.

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Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 1:09 p.m.

Freezing is usually considered a way to make raw fish safer. But a recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen, raw tuna used in sushi across the U.S. highlights the limits of the food-safety technique.

Health | Nation

California Moves To Stop Misuse Of Psychiatric Meds In Foster Care

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 9:02 a.m.

There's ample evidence that children in foster care often get powerful psychiatric medications when other treatments would be safer and more effective. But those treatments can be hard to get.

Health | Nation | Science

Sleep More, Sneeze Less: Increased Slumber Helps Prevent Colds

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 5:54 a.m.

Just a couple extra hours can make a real difference, a study shows. Adults who slept only five or six hours were four times more likely to get sick when exposed to a common cold virus.

Health | Nation | Science

As More Adults Pedal, Injuries And Deaths Spike, Too

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 5:09 a.m.

Hospital admissions caused by bike injuries have more than doubled in the past 15 years across the country. One doctor thinks the "Lance Armstrong effect" could be a reason for the jump.

Health | Nation | Science

To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

NPR | Sept. 1, 2015 4:52 a.m.

Doctors and parents often miss the signs of female athlete triad syndrome — low energy, low bone density and irregular menstruation in an otherwise healthy-looking girl or teen.

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Oregon is at the forefront of the nation's health care reform. OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil looks at how those changes are affecting Oregonians.

Vital Signs | Feb. 14, 2014

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