17-12 Segment 1: Shortening the Course of Antibiotics

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Since the introduction of antibiotics in World War II, doctors have prescribed courses of treatment that typically ran longer than necessary. Bacterial resistance is forcing a reevaluation, shortening courses sometimes to just a few days and even prompting doctors to advise not using all pills if patients feel better.

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17-11 Segment 1: Tone Deafness

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Many people sing badly and think they’re tone deaf, but a surprisingly low proportion of them truly can’t tell one note from another. They not only can’t sing, they also can’t enjoy music, may have trouble with certain forms of language, and may be unable to communicate emotion in their speech.

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17-10 Segment 1: Remaking the FDA

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The Trump Administration has signaled it intends to revamp the Food and Drug Administration to speed the approval of drugs. Some FDA commissioner candidates have proposed radical reform, including an end to the requirement that drugs must be effective to be approved. Experts discuss what reform might look like and what the FDA needs to better succeed.

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17-09 Segment 1: Can Primary Care Doctors End the Opioid Epidemic

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Eye transplants have long been attempted unsuccessfully. Doctors are taking what they’ve learned in hand transplants, especially in nerve regeneration, and applying it to eye transplant development. Experts discuss what need to be accomplished to make transplants a reality.

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17-08 Segment 1: Antibiotics and Farm Animals

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Antibiotic resistance may mean some infections are untreatable in the future. To combat this bacterial evolution, new federal rules went into effect on January 1 that restrict use of antibiotics in food animals, where the majority of US antibiotics are consumed. Critics worry the rules don’t go far enough. Experts on both sides of the issue discuss.

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17-07 Segment 1: Peanut Allergies and Kids: Changing the Rules

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Peanut allergies in children have skyrocketed to the point that many schools ban foods containing them. Now studies show previous advice is wrong. Rather than keeping kids away from peanuts to protect them, parents should give most infants peanuts from an early age. An allergy expert who is co-author of new guidelines explains.

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17-06 Segment 1: The Psychology of Online Dating

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Today more than half of American adults are single. Many are still looking for love–more than 40 million are members of online dating sites, which have their busiest time of the year between now and Valentine’s Day. A noted psychologist explains research showing most users take the wrong approach when seeking a good match online, and discusses how they can better their odds of finding true love.

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