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Is Inflammation Bad For You Or Good For You?

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Chronic, low-level inflammation seems to play a role in a host of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer and even depression. And even though the science on inflammation and disease is far from settled, tests and treatments are being promoted that claim to reduce that risk.

That's even though inflammation is also a force for good, protecting against infection and injury. Acute inflammation occurs when you sprain your ankle or get a paper cut. It's part of the immune system's box of tricks to spark a defense and promote healing.

Given the fact that "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee" has been marketed as a "male enhancement" product, it might be fair to assume consumers who plucked the instant coffee off store shelves had a clear idea of its intended effects.

The Affordable Care Act is not "exploding" or "imploding," as President Trump likes to claim. But Trump does hold several keys to sabotaging the insurance marketplaces, should he so choose — one of which his administration is reportedly weighing using.

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Greece And Turkey

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At least two people were killed by a strong earthquake that struck Greece and Turkey in the early morning hours Friday, sending thousands of panicked vacationers and locals streaming outside.

On Tuesday, two separate lawsuits were filed against Spotify in Nashville's federal court over a single issue. Both Bluewater Music, an independent publisher and copyright administration company, and Robert Gaudio, a founding member of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – and a songwriter behind the enduring hits "Sherry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" — accuse the streaming service of improperly licensing song compositions.

Manal Idrees looks out the car window in shock at the streets of her neighborhood in the oldest part of Mosul, reduced to chunks of concrete and tangled metal.

She fled when ISIS moved in three years ago. Although she's seen images of the destruction after Iraqi forces retook Mosul two weeks ago, experiencing it in person is staggering.

"It's ruined — all ruined," she says as we drive by streets where not a single building is left standing. "Mosul is gone. Iraq is gone."

And then she starts to sob for the son she lost: "All the beautiful young men are gone."

A California woman who went missing while hiking in Oregon has been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Curry County Sheriff John Ward says a military helicopter hoisted 40-year-old Amy Nuttbrock to safety on Thursday, two days after she set out on the Game Lake Trail.

Nuttbrook suffered from hunger and many scratches on her legs from going through brush, but was found in stable condition and was taken to the Agness airstrip.

She was then flown to Gold Beach airport to be reunited with her father.

Authorities from several counties assisted with the rescue.

Today, the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee will hear testimony on two bills that would restrict bathroom access based on the gender given to someone at birth.

We think about opioid addiction all wrong

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Dr. Joseph Lee of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute is an addiction specialist. He spoke to Tom Weber about the opioid epidemic.

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Is Obamacare 'Failing' In Texas?

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For Carol Elliott, a Port Aransas resident in her early 60s, the Affordable Care Act is not a failure.

“The Affordable Care Act saved my life,” the musician says.

Elliott lived in Nashville for a long time, but has spent the last 15 years living in the island town in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas shore.

She says money has always been tight, and she’s had to cut corners through the years. That’s often meant she’s been priced out of health insurance.

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The U.S. government will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, citing safety and security concerns. The State Department confirmed the new restriction on Friday, after Young Pioneer Tours, which organized Otto Warmbier's fateful visit to North Korea, announced the pending move.

Warmbier's trip to the pariah nation ended in detention and imprisonment, and to a catastrophic head injury that resulted in his death after being released and deported to the U.S. last month.

Daniel Goldstein: How Can We Prevent Regret?

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Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Prevention.

About Daniel Goldstein's TED Talk

We've all felt regret over poor decisions. Behavioral Economist Daniel Goldstein wants to change that. He builds tools that help us imagine our futures, so we can make better decisions in the present.

About Daniel Goldstein

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Prevention.

About Rebecca Brachman's TED Talk

A simple vaccine can prevent a disease like polio. But can we stop something like depression before it develops? Neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman says the possibility could be closer than we think.

About Rebecca Brachman

Seth Berkley: How Can We Prevent The Next Epidemic?

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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Prevention.

About Seth Berkley's TED Talk

Since 1976, there have been two dozen Ebola outbreaks — yet there is still no vaccine. Epidemiologist Seth Berkley says vaccine development is the key to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks.

About Seth Berkley

Lisa Genova: Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?

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Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Prevention.

About Lisa Genova's TED Talk

Many think there's no real way to prevent Alzheimer's, but writer and neuroscientist Lisa Genova is hopeful. She says certain behaviors can reduce our risk or even slow the disease after diagnosis.

About Lisa Genova

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Prevention.

About Daniel Levitin's TED Talk

After smashing his basement window to retrieve his misplaced keys, Daniel Levitin wondered, did stress prevent him from making a better choice? And how could he better prepare for these situations?

About Daniel Levitin

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For a lot of Americans these days, Justin Trudeau is the anti-Donald Trump, especially on things like climate change.

The rising cost of construction has made it harder to build affordable homes in Central Austin, housing analysts said Thursday at the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin midyear housing forecast event.

Protesters, worshippers and security forces are massing in Jerusalem's Old City, where security measures at a religious shrine are angering Muslims. Tensions are high at the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

There are reports of small skirmishes in Jerusalem, after Muslims gathered for Friday afternoon prayers outside Al-Aqsa mosque. Worshippers who refused to pass through the metal detectors chose instead to pray next to them.

From Jerusalem, NPR's Daniel Estrin reports:

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World Faces Global Sand Shortage

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This summer, scientists in California are releasing 20 million mosquitoes in an effort to shrink the population of mosquitoes that can carry diseases.

It sounds counterintuitive. But the plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes, which will then mate with wild female mosquitoes. The eggs the females lay won't hatch, researchers say.

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Less than two months ago, U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was way behind in the polls when he took the stage at a music festival in Liverpool.

With his shirt untucked, Corbyn, 68, introduced the indy rock band the Libertines and delivered an impassioned defense of public funding for the arts before a crowd of some 20,000, most of them youngsters.

He urged them to demand "a government that cares about sport, culture and the arts — and gives you the space to play and rehearse your music!"

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