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9:23 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Pakistan Reaches A Milestone In Ending Polio

A health worker in Pakistan marks a child's finger with ink after giving him the polio vaccine.
Jackie Northam NPR

There's some fresh progress in the battle against polio in one of the three countries where it remains endemic.

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Around the Nation
6:46 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Colorado Embraces Health Insurance Exchanges

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:06 am

Colorado has been moving to set up an insurance exchange since the health care law was passed. The government, insurance industry and the hospitals say they are glad their work over the last year has been worth it.

Health Care
4:30 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Nevada Quietly Starts Implementing Obamacare

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:20 pm

Since 2011, Nevada has been quietly implementing a state exchange. Although the state joined the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, its governor said Nevada made a decision to build the exchange on their own. Pauline Bartolone looks at how a Republican governor is implementing the federal health care law.

Around the Nation
4:26 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Legalizing And Regulating Pot: A Growth Industry

On Election Day, residents in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Above, marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center in Los Angeles.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 4:53 pm

When reporter Tony Dokoupil was a teenager, he found out that his father had sold marijuana, but he just thought his parents "were hippies." A few years ago, while working on a story about his father's drug dealer past, he discovered that actually, in the 1970s and '80s, his father, Anthony Dokoupil, had been a big-time marijuana smuggler.

"He was arrested in the early '90s on a job selling 17 tons of marijuana," Dokoupil tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "which was enough at the time to roll a joint for every college kid in the U.S."

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Shots - Health News
3:11 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

OK To Eat Before Rolling Up Sleeve For Cholesterol Test?

Before filling one of these tubes with blood for a cholesterol test, you're supposed to keep your stomach empty. But that may not be necessary.
Nancy Louie iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:49 pm

Skipping breakfast to take a medical test is nobody's idea of fun. And it's one reason why many people never get around to having a cholesterol test.

So it's good news that some doctors are now saying that for most people, a nonfasting cholesterol test will do just fine.

But who gets to take a pass on the unpleasant skip-your-breakfast routine? To find out, Shots called Samia Mora. She's a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

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