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Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.

Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.

All Things Considered

Out Of The Amazon, Uncontacted Indians Face Diseases Of A New World

An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, explains why this tribal people left its village.

Weekly Innovation: Get Moving, While Seated At Your Desk

Stuck sitting, hunched over a computer every day from 9-5? Don't have access to a treadmill desk or an elevated, standing desk? This week's innovation is Cubii, the seated, office-friendly elliptical.

Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV

When the police clamp down on female sex workers, the women may end up taking more risks — and making themselves more vulnerable to HIV.

The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating

Tour de France cyclists need to eat up to 9,000 calories a day to maintain their health and weight during the race. But many teams hire chefs to elevate the meals to gourmet status.

States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid

New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.

Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?

Morning Edition

Conflicting Obamacare Rulings Set Stage For Supreme Court Face-Off

Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words.

Altering Genes In Wild Populations: Boon For Human Health? Or Darwinian Nightmare?

July 23, 2014
Researchers have proposed a way to alter the genes in wild populations. The applications include potential malaria eradication. (Centers for Disease Control)

Researchers want to alter the DNA of entire wild populations — but they’re opening the discussion to the public before they move forward.

New California Football Law Aims To Tackle Brain Injuries Head-On

July 23, 2014
Central Catholic's Reggie Bland (24) in action in a California Interscholastic Federation Division 4 high school football championship game in Carson, Calif., Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

Amid concerns about concussions and brain injuries, the law will limit full-contact drills for teams in both public and private schools.

Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect On The Brain

July 23, 2014
Click to enlarge. (Source: Pat Levitt, 2009)

This is the final piece in a series of reports from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Cleveland Kiosk Delivers Virtual Health Care

July 23, 2014
Medical technician Heather Roberts stands outside the HealthSpot kiosk in Cleveland's Central Promise neighbhorhood. (Sarah Jane Tribble)

The future of health care might be sitting in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s an enclosed kiosk where patients see a doctor.

Hospital To Pay $150,000 For Lost Data, Records In Mass.

July 23, 2014

A Rhode Island hospital has agreed to pay $150,000 in Massachusetts after losing backup tapes that contained the personal information of more than 12,000 Massachusetts residents.

‘I'm Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’

July 22, 2014
In every U.S.classroom, on average, one or two students has dyslexia. The brain-based learning disability often runs in families and can make reading painfully difficult. (Janine/Flickr)

This is the second of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Beth Israel Opens Mental Health Notes To Some Patients

July 21, 2014
Austrian psychoanalyst Prof. Sigmund Freud and his dog "Jofi" in his office in Vienna, Austria, in 1937. (AP)

A new pilot program lets some psychiatric patients read their therapists’ notes online. Advocates say it could help with treatment. Others worry it may be harmful.

Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?

July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks on April 2, 2013 to announce his Administration's BRAIN, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, Initiative. The BRAIN Initiative ultimately aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

This is the first of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

July 21, 2014
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officials demonstrate how hot it can get inside a parked car with a demonstration outside of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia. (Adam Ragusea)

An average of 38 kids die in a hot car every year in the U.S. We look at the science of why cars get so hot so fast, and why children are more vulnerable.

Partners HealthCare Deal An Issue In Governor Race

July 19, 2014

Attorney General Martha Coakley is coming under increasing fire from her Democratic and Republican rivals in the governor’s race over an agreement her office hammered out with Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts’ largest hospital and physicians’ network.

Boston’s Beacon Hill To Get Handicapped Ramps

July 18, 2014

Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is getting sidewalk ramps for the disabled over the objections of some residents who say it will destroy the area’s character.

Boston Research Finds Kids’ Brains Benefit From Playing Music

July 17, 2014
Kathleen Jara, co-director of the El Sistema program at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, directs orchestra students during a rehearsal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

New research shows that learning to play a musical instrument, especially at a young age, can benefit the brain.

Why It’s Good To Talk About Miscarriages

July 17, 2014
More than one in seven pregnancies result in miscarriage, but miscarriage is still often misunderstood by many couples. (George Ruiz/Flickr)

Karen Gibbons felt very much alone after her first miscarriage. Now, she wants to counsel couples and help them through pregnancy.

Who Needs A Life Coach?

July 17, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

Report: FBI Questioning People About Meningitis Outbreak

July 17, 2014

The outbreak, traced to contaminated steroid medicine made by Massachusetts-based New England Compounding Center, sickened 751 people nationwide with 64 deaths.

Senate Approves Abortion Clinic Safety Bill

July 16, 2014

The proposal would let police disperse groups substantially impeding access to Massachusetts abortion clinics.

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