Linda Kaczor

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Review Finds Mammography's Benefits Overplayed, Harms Dismissed

Talk to women here in the office, and it quickly becomes clear that we're confused about what to do about mammograms. And no wonder.<p>Two months ago, a widely publicized Canadian study found that mammograms did not reduce breast cancer deaths, but that study was fiercely criticized by the nation's …

Gay Couples Entitled To Equal Family Health Coverage, Fed Says

What insurers offer to spouses in a traditional marriage, they must make available to same-sex couples, the federal government said Friday.<p>The change means that same-sex couples, who haven't been able to buy family health policies, will be able to do so now.<p>"It's a big deal," says Katie Keith, …

Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There

JuJu Harris didn't set out to write a cookbook, but then again, she didn't set out to accept public assistance to feed her son, either. Harris always wanted to work with nature.<p>"My dream job was, I was going to grow up and be a national park ranger," she says. It didn't quite work out that way. She …

Confusion At The Yogurt Aisle? Time for Probiotics 101

Researchers are studying the ability of beneficial micro-organisms - or probiotics - to treat a range of conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease. And the idea that "good" bacteria are healthy for us is gaining traction.<p>But the science is tricky.<p>On one hand, scientists now know that …

Can We Eat Our Way To A Healthier Microbiome? It's Complicated

When our colleague Rob Stein got his microbiome analyzed recently in the name of science journalism, we were totally fascinated.<p>As Stein noted, it may be possible to cultivate a healthier community of bacteria on and inside us by modifying our diets.<p>Stein was advised to eat more garlic and leeks …

How A Change In Gut Microbes Can Affect Weight

The evidence just keeps mounting that the microbes in our digestive systems are a factor in the obesity epidemic.<p>A team of European researchers recently reported they'd found that obese people appeared to have less diverse microbes in their guts than did lean people. The research also showed that …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

Wonder what's going on inside your microbiome? Artist Ben Arthur gives NPR an illustrated tour.<p>Credit: Benjamin Arthur for NPR<p>After spending months working on a series of stories about the trillions of friendly microbes that live in and on our bodies, I decided it might be interesting to explore my …

Exploring The Invisible Universe That Lives On Us — And In Us

The Invisible Universe<p>Credit: Benjamin Arthur and Rob Stein/NPR. Produced by Ben de la Cruz/NPR<p>The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you're more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there …

Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease

The particular assortment of microbes in the digestive system may be an important factor in the inflammatory bowel condition known as Crohn's disease.<p>Research involving more than 1,500 patients found that people with Crohn's disease had less diverse populations of gut microbes.<p>"[This] basically for …

On Identity, Depression And Listening: Andrew Solomon Answers Your Questions

Writer Andrew Solomon delves deep into topics most wouldn't touch. His book <i>Far From The Tree</i> is a thoughtful look into parents raising children who are different from themselves: children with Down's syndrome, autism, or a complete loss of hearing and others. His TED Talk based on the book has been …

Through The Internet, Gay Teens Connected To Larger Community

In the past 20 years, the Internet has significantly changed what it means to grow up as a gay kid in this country.<p>Before the Web, many gay young people grew up in what seemed to be isolation, particularly those in small towns. But with the advent of online chat rooms and Websites dedicated to gay …

How Can We All Listen Better?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Extrasensory.<p><b>About Julian Treasure's TEDTalk</b><p>Sound expert Julian Treasure says we are losing our listening in a louder world. He shares ways to re-tune our ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around us.<p><b>About Julian Treasure</b><p>Julian Treasure …

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Transcript of "Why we love, why we cheat"

Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic – love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She …

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