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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.
 
July 27, 2014 | NPR · Anne Barnard from The New York Times talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the differences between the current explosion of violence in Gaza and previous ones.
 
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July 27, 2014 | NPR · The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Jan 10, 2014 — Words matter when it comes to medicine. By comparing placebo pills labeled as migraine medicine with medicine labeled placebos, doctors figured out that half of the pain relief of medication comes from a person's belief in its effectiveness.
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Jun 17, 2013 — The ruling may end the era of what are also called "reverse-payment" deals, in which the maker of a brand-name drug pays a maker of generic drugs to not produce a lower-priced version of their product. The Federal Trade Commission can challenge such deals in court, the justices say.
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Apr 27, 2013 — Sacks turns 80 this year. Philosopher Alva No asks the question: What makes Sacks' work so important?
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Apr 6, 2013 — Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the measure making abortion access much harder in Kansas. In addition to declaring that life begins "at fertilization," it blocks tax breaks for abortion providers and requires doctors to address a weak link between abortion and breast cancer.
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Jan 15, 2013 — The boards that license and discipline doctors are watching what they post online. Guaranteed cancer cures and photos of drunken debauchery are definite no-nos. A picture of a doctor holding a drink at an office party might raise an eyebrow but probably wouldn't trigger an investigation.
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Mar 30, 2012 — Homeopathy. A mystery in the guise of the nineteenth-century's apothecary. It's an untrue theory. But might it be an effective practice?
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Mar 23, 2012 — Homeopathic treatments are too dilute to be effective. Why, then, are they so popular? This is the first in a series of reflections on this question.
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Jan 5, 2012 — In the first hour of today's TOTN, the new laws that may affect you in 2012 and columnist Cynthia Tucker on the state of opinion journalism. In the second hour, the long-misunderstood period of middle childhood and why patients want to see their doctors' notes, but physicians remain reluctant.
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Jul 16, 2010 — Can scientists come up with a hurt feelings pill? One study suggests they already have.
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