11:43am

Thu January 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

Should Medicare Pay For Alzheimer's Scans?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 3:18 pm

The loss of contrast between gray and white matter in this brain scan indicates a high uptake of Amyvid and the presence of amyloid plaques.
Eli Lilly & Co. and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals

Though increasingly common, Alzheimer's disease still isn't all that easy to diagnose, especially in its early stages.

Forgetfulness and other signs of dementia can be caused by lots of things other than Alzheimer's. Sometimes the symptoms are fleeting or normal in the context of a person's age. But at other times these symptoms mark the dark path of Alzheimer's.

Doctors' standard approach to diagnosis includes taking a medical history of the patient, assessing mental function and administering various neurological and lab tests.

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11:27am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Portugal's Monster: The Mechanics Of A Massive Wave

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:07 am

American surfer Garrett "GMAC" McNamara rides what could be, if confirmed, the biggest wave conquered in history as a crowd watches Monday in Nazare, Portugal.
To Mane Barcroft Media /Landov

11:25am

Thu January 31, 2013
Africa

Soccer: A Surprising Player In Egypt's Unrest

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:02 pm

Violent protests are breaking out in Egypt, just two years after a massive uprising led to the fall of the former dictator. One of the unexpected driving forces is soccer. Host Michel Martin talks to Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation about how the sport affects Egypt's political landscape.

11:19am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Salt

Oh, Baby: Squeezable Snacks Might Be Tough On The Teeth

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 1:15 pm

Squeeze me with caution.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Those squeeze pouches full of organic pureed food in clever combos like plum, berry and barley have become a lifesaver for busy parents.

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11:08am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Citing Progress, White House Disbands Jobs Council

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 11:43 am

The White House said today that it would not extend the term of its jobs council, a group of high-profile executives tapped for advice on how to improve the country's jobs situation.

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11:07am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Dear Lawyers: Order In The &*%# Court!

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 12:33 pm

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11:00am

Thu January 31, 2013
11:01 Spotlight

11:01 Spotlight: Night of the Iguana

Bill Beckett talks with Patric McWilliams and Susan Kirton from River City Repertory Theater about their new production of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana" which opens tonight at the East Bank Theater in Bossier City. For show times and information visit River City Repertory Theater or call 318-868-5888.


10:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Remembrances

Paying Tribute To Funk's 'Sugarfoot' Bonner

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 6:28 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now we'd like to remember a funk legend.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOVE ROLLERCOASTER")

OHIO PLAYERS: (Singing) Rollercoaster of love. Say what? Rollercoaster, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh.

MARTIN: Leroy Bonner died last weekend at the age of 69. Best known as the front man for the Ohio Players, Sugarfoot, as he was called, joined the band in 1964 as guitarist, songwriter and, eventually, lead singer. He was the eldest of 14 kids, and he was a self-taught musician who never went to high school.

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10:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Around the Nation

Violence In The Windy City

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We turn now to an all-too-familiar story of violence here in the U.S. In Chicago, 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed on Tuesday. She was the 42nd person killed in Chicago since the beginning of the year. Last year, there were more than 500 killings. And a number of these murders, particularly of young people, brought the city to tears, but Pendleton's death has brought national attention because she recently performed with her high school drill team at the president's inauguration in Washington, D.C.

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10:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Africa

Is Egypt Better Or Worse Off Now?

It's been two years since Hosni Mubarak was ousted as Egypt's President. Today, there's new leadership, but the country is still in turmoil. And some Egyptians wonder if things are changing for the best. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Cairo Bureau Chief, Leila Fadel, to learn more about the new Egypt.

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