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Transgender Man Leads 'Men's Health' Cover Model Contest

Aydian Dowling is leading the popular vote by a landslide in the magazine's annual "Ultimate Guy" contest. If he wins the judges' round, he'd be the first trans man ever on the magazine's cover.

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Boston Marathon Bombing Bystander, Injured In Blast, Runs Again

Michelle L'Heureux was among the hundreds injured during the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Then she was just a spectator. Now, she's readying to run the marathon for the first time.

See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

In almost every corner of the world, women are either completely written out of school books, or they're portrayed in stereotypical, subservient roles, a report says. What will it take to fix this?

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.

As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

International banks are promising nearly a billion dollars in aid to the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. The number of weekly cases has dropped below 40 — the lowest level since last May.

Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

There's only so much fuel you can store before a big race. A performance nutrition expert gives us the rub on how to optimize carb-loading to avoid the miserable experience of running out of fuel.

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Physicians Urge Columbia To Fire Dr. Oz For Promoting 'Quack Treatments'

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker about some physicians' calls for Columbia University to sever ties with TV's Dr. Oz.

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Kansas Becomes First State To Ban Second Trimester Abortion Procedure

Kansas is the first state to ban "dismemberment abortions," the common second trimester procedure. This is the first medically-endorsed procedure to be banned since 2007.

Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to make the world better without relying on charity. It's called social entrepreneurship, and its rising stars showed us how it works at a conference in Oxford.

The State Of The Cancer Nation

The prevalence of smoking and other major cancer risk factors varies widely by state. So does the uptake for preventive screening tests.

Activists Urge Lawmakers To Ramp Up Fight Against AIDS

April 18, 2015

AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino said breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of HIV means the state can potentially break through that plateau in HIV diagnoses and get to zero new infections.

Parents Speak Out On Autism Care ‘Cliff’

April 16, 2015
Matt Resnik, a  young man with autism, helps run his own biscotti making company in his home. (Courtesy SMILE Biscotti /  Phoenix Magazine)

Stories of autism care for adults from our callers and, maybe, from you, too.

Study: Many Mothers Don’t Wait Long Enough Between Pregnancies

April 16, 2015
Pregnant mom. (travelingtribe/Flickr)

New research finds “higher risks of adverse health outcomes” when pregnancies are spaced less than 18 months apart.

Veterans Try Acupuncture To Treat Pain

April 16, 2015
Ron Gronitz relaxes during a treatment at the Milwaukee Veterans Acupuncture clinic in Waukesha, Wis. (Erin Toner/WUWM)

As a Wisconsin VA hospital is investigated for allegedly overprescribing narcotics, some veterans are exploring safer treatments.

A Model For Getting Patients Involved In Treatment Decisions

April 16, 2015
Rose Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, had surgery and 10 weeks of chemotherapy. But the cancer is still there. In this photo, she waits to be examined by plastic surgeon Robert Foster and Dr. Jasmine Wong. (Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News).

At the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, there’s an innovative program that engages patients in their own care.

Stark Realities Of Autistic Adulthood

April 16, 2015
In this May 23, 2014 photo, Colleen Jankovich works with her 11-year-old autistic son, Matthew, who is non-verbal and requires 24/7 care, in Omaha,  (AP)

You don’t outgrow autism. But a wave of autistic children is growing into adulthood. What’s going to happen then?

Bird Flu Spreading To Poultry Farms In The Midwest

April 15, 2015
Chickens gather around a feeder at a farm on August 9, 2014 in Osage, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The H2N2 strain of the virus is highly contagious among birds, but scientists say not contractible by humans.

Youth Suicides Plague South Dakota Reservation

April 15, 2015
The entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is pictured on Sept. 9, 2012. (Kristi Eaton/AP)

Seven young members of the Oglala Sioux tribe have taken their own lives since early December.

Medicare Payment Fix Passes With Strong Bipartisan Support

April 15, 2015
Cherry blossoms are seen on the U.S. Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 2015. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

The “doc fix” bill passed just hours before doctors would have started seeing a 21 percent Medicare pay cut.

Fake Meat Is Very Real

April 15, 2015
A sample kebab using the Beyond Meat chicken substitute, which is made entirely of plant protein. (Beyond Meat)

The big push for fake meat. Bill Gates is in on it. To cut back on livestock production. To, maybe, save the planet.

Simmons College President Takes Cancer Battle Public

April 14, 2015
Simmons College President Helen Drinan learned she had an aggressive form of breast cancer in September. (peiflickr/Flickr)

Unlike other college presidents, Helen Drinan has made public a very personal battle. Her battle with cancer.

'Cadillac Plans' Get Obamacare Cut Back

April 14, 2015
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, accompanied by members of the House Democratic Caucus, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, during an event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act. (AP)

Big employers, cutting back on full-coverage health care as Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ begins to bite.

The Gender Wage Gap Is Much More Troubling Than We Thought

April 14, 2015
New research indicates that men are earning significantly more even in traditionally female-dominated professions like nursing. (COMSALUD/flickr)

New research indicates that men are earning significantly more even in traditionally female-dominated professions like nursing.

You Are When You Eat: New Study Helps Explain Increased Risk Of Diabetes In Shift Workers

April 13, 2015
A new study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital may help explain why people who work night shifts are at increased risk of developing diabetes. (ManImMac/Flickr)

As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” But now, more and more research is finding that you’re not only what you eat, but when you eat.

Gov. Baker’s 2016 Budget Will Hurt The State’s Poorest Children And Schools

April 13, 2015
Mary Battenfeld: "Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. " Pictured: Gov. Charlie Baker smiles as he unveils his 2016 budget proposal during a news conference at the State House in Boston, March 4, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. 

A Library For Your Seeds

April 10, 2015
In this Dec. 18, 2014 photo, Betsy Goodman handles seed packets at the Benson public library in Omaha, Neb. Goodman established a seed library at the library branch in 2012, and patrons checked out nearly 5,000 packets this year. Seed exchanges have sprouted up in about 300 locations around the country, most often in libraries, but the effort has created a conflict between well-meaning gardeners and state agriculture officials who feel obligated to enforce laws restricting the practice. (AP)

Seed libraries sprouting all over. We’ll dig into the populist push to preserve diversity – and flavor — in our gardens and diets.

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