Wed July 1, 2015
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Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:24 pm

Ten-year-old Jake Herrera and his Los Angeles team run around the diamond as a warmup for baseball practice.
Benjamin B. Morris for NPR

Amy Roegler and her husband, Octavio Herrera, live with their young kids, Jake and Alyssa, in Los Angeles. When it comes to pro baseball, they're all Dodgers fans. And Jake loved balls even as a baby, Octavio says.

"We have a picture of him as a 3-month-old with a little Dodger jersey and a glove," Octavio says. "So he was definitely going to be introduced to sports early, and he took to it right away." Today 10-year-old Jake is on his baseball league's All-Star team.

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Tue June 30, 2015
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Caveats About Favored Access Method For Dialysis

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:45 pm

What's the best way to connect patients to dialysis machines?

When it comes to dialysis, one method of accessing the blood to clean it gets championed above the rest. But quite a few specialists say there's not enough evidence to universally support the treatment's superiority or to run down the other options.

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Tue June 30, 2015
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Branding Teen Drivers As Newbies Doesn't Prevent Crashes

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:44 pm

Marking novice drivers' cars doesn't help reduce crash rates when it comes to learner's permit holders, study finds.

Nothing says "I'm a new driver" more than a fire-red label stuck to your license plate for all to see. That's what happens in New Jersey to anyone with a learner's permit under age 21. But identifying these newest drivers doesn't necessarily help reduce crash rates, research finds.

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Tue June 30, 2015
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Supreme Court Reprieve Lets 10 Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open For Now

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 10:38 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a reprieve to Texas clinics that provide abortion services.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Tuesday would have been the last day of operation for 10 clinics in Texas that provide abortion services. But on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of its final actions of this session, said the clinics can remain open while clinic lawyers ask the court for a full review of a strict abortion law.

Two dozen states have passed regulations similar to the ones being fought over in Texas.

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Mon June 29, 2015
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Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:53 am

Travis Driscoll, a medical school applicant from Berkeley, Calif., studies for the revamped MCAT.
April Dembosky/KQED

It's T minus four days until exam day, and Travis Driscoll is practically living at his desk.

"Each day, I'm easily here for five hours," he says. "I haven't done much of anything else but studying for the last two months."

Driscoll is one of 13,000 medical school applicants across the U.S. taking the new Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT. He's got stacks of science books on his desk to help him prepare and a rainbow of biochemistry charts pasted to the walls: glycolysis, citric acid cycle, electron transport chain, mitosis, meiosis and DNA replication.

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