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11:48am

Thu May 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Suicide Rate Climbs For Middle-Aged Americans

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 12:17 pm

Adam Alvarado, Ashley Priest and Jimmy Garcia create a stone cross near the home of former NFL star Junior Seau's beach home in Oceanside, Calif. Seau killed himself with with a gun in May 2012.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

It may be time to change the benchmark for discussion of public health problems in the U.S.

For quite a while, the annual number of fatalities from auto accidents has been a kind of shorthand for health issues that are big and important.

Starting in 2009, though, suicides surpassed deaths from crashes. In 2010, there were about 38,000 suicides compared with about 35,000 deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

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6:38am

Thu May 2, 2013
Health

Technology For Life: How Students With Disabilities Are Attending College At Record Rates

Esha holds up a keyboard for low vision students.
Jackie Fortier KUNC

1:03am

Thu May 2, 2013
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Recovery Begins For Mother, Daughter Injured In Boston

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 2:19 pm

Celeste Corcoran is transported to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on April 28.
Ellen Webber for NPR

The number of Boston bombing victims still in the hospital dropped to 19 as of Wednesday evening. The great majority have gone home or to a rehab facility.

That's what has happened with Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mother-daughter pair who ended up in the same hospital room after being struck down by the first marathon bomb blast.

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1:02am

Thu May 2, 2013
Health

New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 8:09 am

The New York City Council is considering a number of regulations on cigarettes, including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21.
John Moore Getty Images

If you're under 21, you may soon have a hard time lighting up in New York City. Public health officials in New York want to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes.

The initiative is one of three proposed tobacco regulations the City Council will debate at a hearing Thursday afternoon.

"We think if we can prevent people from taking up the habit before they're 21, we might just be able to prevent them from taking it up at all," says New York Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.

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1:00am

Thu May 2, 2013
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Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:20 pm

Although a flying pig doesn't exist in the real world, our brains use what we know about pigs and birds — and superheroes — to create one in our mind's eye when we hear or read those words.
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This is a story about a duck. More precisely, it's a story about what your brain just did when you read the word "duck."

Chances are, your brain created an image of a web-footed waterfowl. It also may have recalled the sound of quacking or the feel of feathers. And new research suggests that these mental simulations are essential to understanding language.

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