5:13pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Study: Doctors More Likely To Drop Private Insurance Than Medicare

There's a lot of chatter about how public policy can influence doctors' decisions about which new patients to see and which to turn away.

One big question: Does the squeeze on Medicare that has limited the program's pay increases to doctors lead them to see fewer of those patients?

Some researchers decided to look at recent data for clues. And they found a slight drop — a little less than 3 percent in the proportion of doctors taking new Medicare patients between 2005 and 2008.

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4:55pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Mobile Patent Auction May Bring More Than $1 Billion

The last assets of Nortel Networks, the former high-tech giant, are to be auctioned Monday, as it sells off more than 6,000 patents. The bankrupt Canadian company was once a leader in research and development in the telecom industry.

Google has already aired a $900 million bid for the U.S. and international patents, which focus on mobile video and wireless networks, as well as Internet search. With the starting bid that high, it's likely the final price could easily top $1 billion.

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4:51pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Ban Ki-moon: What's Important Is 'Protecting Human Rights' And 'Lives'

NPR's Robert Siegel spoke to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. As we reported last week, the U.N.'s General Assembly voted unanimously to keep Ban for another five-year term.

Robert's conversation with Ban ranged from Libya to Syria to a new report about this leadership. Here are some of the highlights:

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4:43pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Pesticides and Cancer Risk

Pesticide use in vegetable and fruit farming has been a common practice for decades.   Likewise, medical research over the years, has resulted in safer ways to kill pests and disease.  Still, health concerns persist.

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4:38pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Safety Barriers in Franklin and Woodford

The state will begin installing median cable barriers on I-64 in Franklin and Woodford counties and on I-65 in Bullitt County. Work is scheduled to begin July 7 on installation of median cable barriers on Interstate 64 between mile point 57.2 in Franklin County and mile point 65.7 in Woodford County. Construction will begin about two weeks later on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County between mile points 103.8 and 109.3.

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4:31pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Collision Reconstruction at Trial

Jurors in the Lexington murder trial of Glen Doneghy (DON’-eh-high) got a brief physics lesson from a KSP collision reconstructionist Monday. Doneghy is charged with killing Lexington police Officer Bryan Durman in a hit and run crash.

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4:25pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Beginnings: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond

In Mozambique, Grim Prospects For Mother And Child

Many of the women in the community called "The 25th of June" began childbearing as teenagers in Mozambique. They all say that soon after their first periods, they took part in an initiation ritual called okanone that taught them about sex.
Andrea Hsu NPR

As part of "Beginnings," a summer-long series on All Things Considered, Melissa Block traveled to Mozambique to explore maternal health. This is the first of three reports.

In Mozambique in southeastern Africa, the rates of maternal and infant mortality are among the highest in the world.

In her lifetime, a Mozambican woman has a 1 in 37 chance of dying during pregnancy or within a short time after a pregnancy has ended. One in 10 children won't live past their first year. One in 7 die before they reach the age of 5.

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4:09pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Politics

Michele Bachmann's Moment: Can She Sustain It?

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, riding a wave of Tea Party excitement over her strong showing in a new Iowa caucus poll and a round of national media appearances, has conspicuously altered the early race for the GOP nomination.

Just ask the Minnesota congresswoman's home state rival for the GOP crown, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who, despite dogged organizing in Iowa and efforts to improve his own national profile, has so far failed to find a receptive audience.

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3:58pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Games Economic Impact and Beyond

Some nine months after Kentucky played host to a major international horse competition, comes a final report on its economic impact on the commonwealth.  Now all eyes are looking forward for new opportunities.

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3:52pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Monkey See

'That's Racist!' How A Serious Accusation Became A Commonplace Quip

Sort your laundry into whites and darks? "That's racist," quips one character on Parks and Recreation.
iStockphoto.com

My editor proposed this story about "that's racist" after hearing her young son's friends using it as a joke. Just the night before, it had been a punchline on one of my favorite sitcoms, Parks And Recreation. (Someone calls sorting laundry into whites and darks racist.)

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