2:00pm

Fri November 16, 2012
Shots - Health News

This Is How Diabetes Swept The Nation

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 3:22 am

The march of diabetes across the nation.
Stephanie d'Otreppe NPR

When it comes to diabetes, just about everyone has heard there's an epidemic upon us.

In 2010, about 18.8 million people of all ages in the U.S. had been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 7 million had diabetes but hadn't been diagnosed.

How much have things changed?

Back in 1995, about 4.5 percent of adults in the U.S. had been diagnosed with diabetes. By 2010, the prevalence had zoomed to 8.2 percent.

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1:52pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Middle East: The Sights And Sounds Of A Region Under Siege

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:46 am

Fire rises from a building during an explosion following an Israeli strike in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

1:07pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Salt

Beer, Wine And Spirits: When Counting Our Liquid Calories, Are We Honest?

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 5:07 pm

Not surprisingly, men like these guys cheering Sam Adams love beer. But more women than you might expect do too, according to a new study.
Sarah Conard AP

When it comes to tallying our liquid calories, we're not always so accurate. Does that tiny 5-ounce serving of wine really count as a glass of wine? (The answer is yes.)

So as the season of celebrations heats up, and holiday cheer is delivered in the form of bubbly, beer or booze, just how many calories are we consuming from alcohol on a random Tuesday night?

Almost as much as we get from soda, apparently — an average of about 100 calories a day. That may not sound like a lot, but it can add up.

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12:21pm

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

'Call Of Duty: Black Ops II' Sells $500 Million In First 24 Hours

A screen shot of the video game "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II."
Call of Duty

Here's a big number for you today: $500 million.

That's how much the latest installment of the "Call Of Duty" video game, "Black Ops II," raked in the 24 hours following its release.

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12:09pm

Fri November 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Republican Lock On Florida's Cuban-American Vote May Be Over

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 5:07 pm

American and Cuban flags in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

10:55am

Fri November 16, 2012
Author Interviews

Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum

Courtesy of Random House

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 8, 2012. On Wednesday, Katherine Boo won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

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10:54am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Salt

Pig Genome Project May Pave The Way For Better Bacon

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 11:12 am

Tenderness, fat content and meat color are targets for breeders hoping to improve the pork on our plates.
iStockphoto.com

Could bacon get any tastier?

Pig scientists and breeders say indeed it could, now that the pig genome has been sequenced and a trove of new genetic information is available.

The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, an international group of researchers, published their analysis of the genome this week in Nature.

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10:51am

Fri November 16, 2012
Shots - Health News

Mental Disorders And Evolution: What Would Darwin Say About Schizophrenia?

Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 3:36 am

Charles Darwin
iStockphoto

It's a question that's baffled evolutionary theorists for decades: if survival of the fittest is the rule, how have the genes that contribute to serious, debilitating mental disorders survived?

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10:48am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

For The First Time, Palestinians Rocket Jerusalem

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:26 am

Palestinian militants fire a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Thursday. For the past decade, Palestinians in Gaza have been shooting short-range rockets into southern Israel. But Palestinians fired a much longer range rocket that landed just outside Jerusalem on Friday, a move seen as a major escalation.
Oliver Weiken EPA /LANDOV

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired thousands of rockets into southern Israel over the past decade. Yet the one that landed harmlessly in an empty field south of Jerusalem on Friday could be as significant as all of the rockets that came before.

With that lone launch, the Palestinians demonstrated for the first time that they now have the capability to send a weapon the roughly 50 miles from the Gaza border north to Jerusalem.

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10:39am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Picture Show

African-American Faces Of The Civil War

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:02 pm

This rare portrait shows an identified Confederate noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Andrew Martin Chandler (left), and his named slave, Silas Chandler (right). It is the only Confederate photograph in the book by Rod Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War. Born into slavery, Silas "was one of thousands of slaves who served as [body servants] during the war," writes Coddington.
Collection of Andrew Chandler Battaile

The impulses to collect and to doodle have always been in Ron Coddington's blood. As a kid, it was baseball cards. As a teen, he took an interest in old flea market photos — and simultaneously became "obsessed," he says, "with learning to draw the human face."

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