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Scientists Hunt Hard Evidence On How Cop Cameras Affect Behavior

NPR | April 27, 2017

Police departments in about 95 percent of cities nationally have put wearable cameras on officers, or soon plan to. But do these body cameras make neighborhoods safer? Scientists want to find out.

As Trump And Congress Flip-Flop On Health Care, Insurers Try To Plan Ahead

NPR | April 27, 2017

Insurance companies face deadlines to offer Affordable Care Act plans for next year, but lawmakers and the White House have left key decisions up in the air.

Oregon's Top Democrat Lambasts Revived Health Care Bill

OPB | April 27, 2017

Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden says new Republican health care bill is “sabotage.”

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Because I Was Harmed

NPR | April 27, 2017 1:18 p.m.

An advocate against female genital mutilation/cutting explains: "I wanted to break the sense of powerlessness that persists generation after generation."

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Why Do So Many Africans Drown?

NPR | April 27, 2017 12:43 p.m.

One of the most dangerous spots is Lake Victoria. And even the police who patrol the lake don't always know how to swim. But a life preserver may be on the way.

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Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

NPR | April 27, 2017 9:57 a.m.

An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

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Welcome To The Poison Garden: Medicine's Medieval Roots

NPR | April 27, 2017 9:28 a.m.

One corner of the garden of Alnwick Castle in northern England grows a hundred plants behind lock and key. Many of the toxic species there were used by medieval doctors — nasty plants adapted to heal.

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Homegrown Indian Beverage Industry Takes On Cola Giants With Nostalgic Flavors

NPR | April 27, 2017 7:38 a.m.

A handful of new Indian beverage companies are offering traditional Indian tastes in neat, hygienic packs and bottles. The industry is growing fast and already competing with big soda companies.

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'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

NPR | April 27, 2017 5:11 a.m.

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

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Boston Champ Juggles Marathons, 5 Kids, Kenyan Farm

NPR | April 26, 2017 1:34 p.m.

The daughter of peasant farmers, Edna Kiplagat was the fastest woman in the Beantown race by nearly a minute.

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Report: Medical Marijuana Patients Outspent Recreational Users 3-To-1 Last Year

Statesman Journal | April 26, 2017 10:26 a.m.

Despite increasing access to recreational marijuana, medical patients still made up a sizable portion of the market for cannabis in the U.S. last year, spending three times more money on the crop than recreational users, according to a report from New Frontier Data.

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Mentally Ill Prisoners Still In Their Cells An Average 23 Hours A Day

OPB | April 26, 2017 9:38 a.m. | Portland

Mentally ill prisoners in Oregon are still spending more than 23 hours a day locked in their cells, despite a Department of Corrections pledge to give them more time out.

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How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside

NPR | April 26, 2017 9:09 a.m.

Long before it became a "superfood" in the U.S., schisandra was made into soups and jams and prized as a medicinal plant. Now the berry is at the center of a dramatic new approach to conservation.

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