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10:23am

Wed May 15, 2013
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Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 9:57 am

A scientist removes the nucleus from a human egg using a pipette. This is the first step to making personalized embryonic stem cells.
Courtesy of OHSU Photos

Scientists say they have, for the first time, cloned human embryos capable of producing embryonic stem cells.

The accomplishment is a long-sought step toward harnessing the potential power of embryonic stem cells to treat many human diseases. But the work also raises a host of ethical concerns.

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8:31am

Wed May 15, 2013
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Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy Decision And Weighing Cancer Risks

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:31 pm

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has sparked a discussion about breast cancer risk and how to manage it.
Burhan Ozbilici AP

On Wednesday's Morning Edition, David Greene talks with writer and breast cancer survivor Peggy Orenstein about actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer.

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2:56pm

Tue May 14, 2013
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How A Florida Medical School Cares For Communities In Need

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:15 pm

With community-based health care a central part of its curriculum, Florida International University's medical school turned an RV into a mobile health clinic so that students could treat families in neighborhoods where medical care is scare.
Greg Allen/NPR

If it's a Monday, you can usually find Dr. David Brown parked next to a lake in Miami, spending the day inside a 36-foot-long RV. He's not on vacation.

Brown is chief of family medicine at Florida International University's medical school. The RV is the school's mobile health clinic.

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1:38pm

Tue May 14, 2013
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Feds Push For Lower Alcohol Limits For Drivers

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:07 am

A car driven by a 19-year-old man crashed into a tree in Bates Township, Mich., in April. The Iron County Sheriff's Department said investigators believed the driver, who survived the crash, was drunk and speeding.
AP

To curb drunken driving, the federal National Transportation Safety Board has voted to recommend that states tighten the legal limit for drivers' blood alcohol.

The threshold now for drunken driving is a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08. (The BAC equals alcohol divided by the volume of blood it's in.)

The NTSB would push for it to be lowered to 0.05, in line with the limits in countries such as Denmark, the Philippines and Switzerland.

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10:04am

Tue May 14, 2013
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A Sharper Abortion Debate After Gosnell Verdict

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 10:25 am

Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Philadelphia courthouse after the guilty verdicts Monday.
Matt Rourke AP

The murder conviction in Philadelphia of abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell in the deaths of three babies and one of his female patients is likely to further inflame the already heated abortion debate.

Both sides of the abortion divide have been gearing up for what comes next for some time now.

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