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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

Morning Edition

Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

Morning Edition

After Losing A Leg, Woman Walks On Her Own — In 4-Inch Heels

A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.

All Things Considered

With Some Drug Combinations, Overdose Might Be In The Prescription

Some of the dangers of overdose associated with mixing benzos and opioids arise from primary care doctors actually prescribing the mix. Sean Mackey, the director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at Stanford, explains more.

All Things Considered

Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line

At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.

Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans

Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.

Morning Edition

Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.

Morning Edition

The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story

Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and HealthCare.gov. But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.

Morning Edition

Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

Not all whole grain breads are created equal. Choosing breads with fully intact grains (think nuggets of whole rye, wheat or millet) may help control blood sugar and stave off hunger.

All Things Considered

Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Scientists have figured out one reason women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's: A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.

Marathon Training During Passover? Oy Vey!

April 16, 2014
Runner (Jim Larson/Flickr)

Runners observing Passover have to forgo basic staples like bagels, oatmeal and pasta. A rabbi – who is also a marathon runner – offers alternatives.

The ‘Minute Clinic’ Approach To Medicine

April 16, 2014
A woman walks past a CVS store window in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. The nation’s major drugstore chains are opening more in-store clinics in response to the massive U.S. health care overhaul, which is expected to add about 25 million newly insured people who will need medical care and prescriptions, as well as offering more services as a way to boost revenue in the face of competition from stores like Safeway and Wal-Mart. (AP)

Retailers from Walgreens to Wal-Mart to CVS are looking to turn into health care outlets. It’s convenient. Is it good medicine? Plus: using tech to disrupt the healthcare market.

MGH Doctors Agree To $4.5M Settlement

April 16, 2014

BOSTON — Two Massachusetts General Hospital doctors have agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle a malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a Plymouth woman died at the hospital.

Caring For The Survivors, Caring For Ourselves

April 16, 2014
Beth Lown: The anniversary of the Marathon has re-triggered feelings some caregivers and first responders thought they had worked through months ago. In this photo,  those who cared for bombing victims open up at a group session held at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. (Courtesy)

The anniversary of the Marathon has re-triggered feelings some caregivers and first responders thought they had worked through months ago.

Judge Blocks Massachusetts Ban On Painkiller

April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.

Mass. Health Website Not Expected To Hurt State Funds

April 15, 2014

BOSTON — The breakdown of Massachusetts’ health exchange website was not expected to have a significant impact on the state’s current finances, a top state official told lawmakers Tuesday, but stopped short of giving similar assurances for the future.

Talking Pot With Teens In Colorado

April 15, 2014
Adams City High in Commerce City, Colo., has about 2,000 students. During the 2010-2011 school year, 105 students were disciplined for drug or alcohol-related school offences. These students had almost twice as many unexcused absences, more than three times the number of days of school suspension, and almost a full grade point lower average GPA compared to students without drug/alcohol related offences. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio reports on how some parents and educators are talking about marijuana use with their kids.

Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General, Seek Merger

April 15, 2014

LOWELL, Mass. — Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Lowell General Hospital have reached a tentative deal on a merger officials say will make both institutions stronger while lowering medical costs.

When Crisis Strikes, Everyone Can Help — Even Those On The Sidelines

April 15, 2014
Dr. Joshua Liao on the lessons he learned from the 2013 Boston Marathon medical response. In this photo, ambulances sit outside the medical tent at the Boston Marathon finish line, Monday, April 15, 2013. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Lessons from the 2013 Boston Marathon medical response.

Free Trauma Counseling Available To Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

April 14, 2014

BOSTON — WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with a trauma counselor who’s treating Boston Marathon bombing victims with psychological injuries.

For Some Boston Bombing Victims, Psychological — Not Physical — Wounds Linger

April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Many Boston Marathon bombing victims weren’t physically injured in the attack, but they do have psychological wounds that linger a year later. Each week, some of them meet in a support group at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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