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9:25am

Tue October 30, 2012
Shots - Health News

Hidden Curriculum Shapes How Med Students Learn End-Of-Life Care

Students at Georgetown University School of Medicine prepare to meet with an actor playing a patient in an exam room in March.
Kevin Wolf AP

9:13am

Tue October 30, 2012
Shots - Health News

Could Romney Repeal The Health Law? It Wouldn't Be Easy

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:41 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court ruling on health care in Washington on June 28.
Charles Dharapak AP

You can barely listen to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney make a speech or give an interview without hearing some variation of this vow:

"On Day 1 of my administration, I'll direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to grant a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. And then I'll go about getting it repealed," he told Newsmax TV in September 2011.

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2:30pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Shots - Health News

After Smoking Is Banned, Heart Attacks Drop

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 2:33 pm

When smoking is banned in bars and workplaces, the number of people who suffer heart attacks and die drops within months, according to two new studies.

They found benefits not only in saving lives, but in lowering the cost of medical care for heart attacks, stroke and other smoking-related illnesses. It's the best evidence yet demonstrating big, swift health improvements when secondhand smoke is banished.

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10:29am

Mon October 29, 2012
Shots - Health News

Take A Listen To The Shots Podcast

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 3:34 pm

In Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood, Claire Robertson, a grad student, talks with Scott Hensley about retail health clinics.
David Schultz NPR
  • Listen to the Podcast

We're always looking for new angles on health news. And now we're trying a new angle on Shots: a podcast.

This is an experiment, so I should ask for your informed consent. Are you prepared for some unorthodox audio from an ink-stained wretch still working on the transition to online journalism from print? If so, click away.

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2:17am

Mon October 29, 2012
Shots - Health News

Pricey New Prostate Cancer Therapy Raises Questions About Safety, Cost

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 8:42 am

Radiation therapist Jean Etienne holds a range compensator, which shapes the depth to which the proton beam enters a patient's body to target a tumor.
Rebecca Davis NPR

Bill Sneddon had a feeling he was in trouble when his doctor called with his latest test results.

"I just had a premonition that something's not right," said Sneddon, 68, of Ocean Township, N.J.

And, sure enough, Sneddon's instincts were right. He had prostate cancer.

"Well, it's an eye-opener, you know. I didn't know if I had to buy a yard sale sign, you know," he said. "It's a shocking thing ... It always happens to someone else."

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