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Left Turns Cause A Quarter Of All Pedestrian Crashes In U.S.

One of the biggest problems with left turns is that the turning driver has a green light when pedestrians have a walk light. Changes in how cars are built have also created more blind spots.

All Things Considered

World Health Organization Considers Measures To Quicken Outbreak Response

The consensus is that the World Health Organization's performance on Ebola was miserable. At the agency's annual meeting, the WHO is set to adopt reforms to make sure what happened with Ebola doesn't happen again.

Morning Edition

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.

All Things Considered

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.

Weekend Edition Sunday

'How Could You Not Know You Were Pregnant?'

Brittany Ohman got pregnant in high school, and didn't realize it till she went into labor in her freshman dorm. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her surprise pregnancy and her son, James.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

Your Roommate In The Nursing Home Might Be A Bedbug

If you're in a medical facility, bedbugs should not be on your worry list. But infestations of the bloodsucking insects in nursing homes and hospitals are on the rise.

Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

TED Radio Hour

How Could Technology Change The Way We Evolve?

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says "neo-evolution" is on the horizon. When it becomes easier to eliminate disease through gene therapy, will we change the trajectory of evolution?

White House Conference On Aging To Hold Forum In Boston

May 25, 2015

Topics include healthy aging, retirement security, long-terms services and supports, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Latest In Food-Track Tech: Swipe A Code, Meet Your Fisherman

May 25, 2015

A group of scientists and fishermen are working on a tool they say will allow consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish while standing in the supermarket aisle with their smartphone.

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

May 25, 2015
Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center pictured on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona, (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Almost a year after a scandal rocked the Veterans Affairs administration leading to a $15 billion infusion to fix the problems, long wait times and limited access to care remain unsolved.

Water Quality Survey Gives Boston-Area Beaches High Marks

May 23, 2015

One report found that water quality at South Boston beaches was “consistently cleaner” than a number of iconic urban beaches, including Coney Island and Santa Monica.

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

May 22, 2015
Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

Some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are paid as little as 25 cents an hour – well below the minimum wage.

Wal-Mart Calls On Suppliers To Treat Farm Animals Better

May 22, 2015
Pigs on a farm in the village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province on November 19, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The retail giant is asking its suppliers in the U.S. to treat farm animals better, and give them fewer antibiotics.

The Brave New World Of ‘Editing’ Human Genes

May 22, 2015
Humankind Can Now Tinker With Its Gene Pool, But Should It?

A new gene technology is so powerful, it’s sparking debate about whether humankind should tinker with its own gene pool.

What’s Next For Colorado’s Controversial Birth Control Program?

May 22, 2015
In this image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In a report released on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-acting but reversible methods of birth control are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. women, with IUDs redesigned after safety scares and the development of under-the-skin hormone implants. (Merck via AP)

The state legislature has voted against continuing a program that’s credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortions.

Walgreens Joins Gloucester Police Effort To Offer Discounted Anti-Overdose Drug

May 21, 2015
In this 2012 file photo, a tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, is held up. Narcan is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Gloucester Police will subsidize the cost of Narcan for those who are uninsured using the department’s drug seizure funds.

Your Doctor, Always Available, For A Monthly Fee

May 21, 2015
Dr. Jeff Gold and his patient Steve Bird, who is being examined for an earache (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

As most of us know, it can be difficult to get an appointment for a routine doctor’s visit. So, one doctor in Marblehead is trying something new — he’s charging a flat monthly fee for basic primary care.

Why Are More Black Children Taking Their Own Lives?

May 21, 2015
School bus (caitlinator/Flickr)

Donna Holland Barnes, president of the National Organization for People of Color against Suicide, discusses why, and what can be done.

Study: Suicide Rate Doubles For Black Children 5–11 Years Old

May 21, 2015
Empty swings (Stuart Herbert/Flickr)

The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children.

A Better Way To Care For Seriously Ill Children And Their Families

May 21, 2015
Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care. (Gerolf Nikolay/flickr)

Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care.

Boston Needs More Substance Abuse Treatment Beds, Report Finds

May 20, 2015

The report serves as a blueprint for the city’s new Office of Recovery Services.

New Office Of Recovery Services To Tackle Opioid Addiction

May 20, 2015
The Office of Recovery Services will work with groups across the state to help opioid addicts find treatment. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Jennifer Tracey, who is with the state’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services right now, will helm the city’s plan to fight the crisis.

Gov. Baker And Plymouth Officials Meet Over Heroin Crisis

May 19, 2015

The governor met with Plymouth officials Tuesday afternoon to discuss the crisis, which has led to 140 heroin overdoses so far this year in Plymouth — 10 of them fatal.

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