Daily Rounds: Sexting & Infidelity; Womb Transplant; ObamneyCare Debate; Heart Devices Questioned; Burgers Scrutinized

Sexting Enters the Mainstream - "Therapists debate whether the Internet has facilitated more infidelity — after all, men and women have been betraying their vows since marriage began. Still, slight shifts in infidelity rates among young people and women suggest that digital media may be playing a role. Anecdotally, therapists report that electronic contact via Facebook, e-mail and text messages has allowed women in particular to form more intimate relationships." ( "Womb transplant: Eva Ottosson looks to donate womb to her 26-year-old daughter, Sara. A 56-year-old businesswoman plans to donate her womb to her daughter in a procedure that, if successful, would make medical history. " (

GOP debaters target Obama, not Romney - The Boston Globe "Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, who on Sunday said Obama based his national plan on the Massachusetts model and derisively called it “Obamneycare,’’ was given opportunities to take such criticism to Romney directly. He declined every one of them. “I just cited President Obama’s own words that he looked to Massachusetts as a blueprint,’’ Pawlenty said, after being pressed four times by the moderator, CNN’s John King, about his tweaking of Romney the day earlier. “Using the term Obamneycare was a reflection of the president’s comments.’’ For his part, Romney, also a candidate in 2008, reiterated that he would repeal the national health care law if he is elected, tagging it “a huge power grab by the government.’’ (

Scrutiny for Heart Devices - "Big-ticket devices intended to keep weakened hearts beating properly provide little benefit to almost 40% of patients who are candidates for them under current treatment guidelines, according to a new study. The findings add fuel to a long-running controversy over which patients are the best candidates for devices that can be life-saving but also come with risks and high costs." (Wall Street Journal)

More Burger Tests: Good For Health But Too Costly? | WBUR & NPR "Earlier this year, the USDA proposed a new regulation, that reportedly would test for six other dangerous strains of E.coli the same way it does the bug behind the Jack in the Box outbreak. That prospect alarms the beef industry. Scientific Director Betsy Booren of the American Meat Institute Foundation says testing for seven different strains of bacteria would take a lot longer than for just one. "That means much more product would have to be stored," says Booren. "We don't have the facilities for that. And the longer you store it, the shorter the shelf-life becomes. And then you may actually lose hundreds of thousands of pounds of product that ultimately are a great source of protein." (WBUR | 90.9 FM)

This program aired on June 14, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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