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8:44 am
Wed May 21, 2014

When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care

Hey docs! Play this online game and learn how to do a better job of getting our blood pressure under control!
Lisa F. Young iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:29 pm

Doctors are required to keep current on best medical practices, but those efforts all too often don't do a thing to improve patient care. But what if the class is a game — one that lets you compete against other doctors and show off your smarts?

Plus you get funny emails. Oh, and your patients get better, too.

That's the gist of an online game tested at eight Boston-area hospitals to see if it could improve treatment of high blood pressure by getting practitioners to follow recommended treatment guidelines.

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Obama: People 'Will Be Held Accountable' For Veterans Affairs Problems

President Obama addresses the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, on Wednesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 3:23 pm

Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records "will be held accountable," President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Neither of those men attended the president's news conference.

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The Protojournalist
8:13 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Bewildered By Bilderberg

An anti-surveillance protester stands outside the Bilderberg conference last year in Watford, England. This year the conference may be in Denmark.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 6:10 am

The Bilderberg annual conference is convening at the end of May in Denmark. Or so it's reported.

For folks who have never heard of Bilderberg, it's an invitation-only confab of high-powered people who jawbone about world issues. Its mission, according to its official website, is at once simple and complex: "to foster dialogue between Europe and North America."

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NPR Story
8:09 am
Wed May 21, 2014

GMO Bans Win Big in Jackson, Josephine Counties

Rogue Valley farmer Jared Watters supported Measure 15-119. The ban on growing GMO crops passed with 67 percent of the vote.
Liam Moriarty / JPR News

The proponents of measures to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops in Jackson and Josephine counties have pulled off solid wins.

Despite well-funded industry opposition, voters in Oregon's Jackson and Josephine counties have approved the GMO bans. The Jackson County measure won by a 2-to-1 margin. In Josephine County, the measure won by 58 to 42 percent.

Elise Higley, an organic farmer and director of Our Family Farms Coalition in Jackson County, says the grassroots effort paid off.

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Japanese School Says It Won't Be Kinki Anymore

An image of the Kinki University website. The school plans to change its name, citing possible misunderstandings by English speakers.
Kinki University

In an effort to broaden its international appeal, a Japanese college is phasing out its titter-inducing name. Osaka's Kinki University is named for its home region in south-central Japan. But school officials say the name is distracting; they note that foreigners who attend conferences there often make jokes about their visit to the Kinki school.

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Politics
7:20 am
Wed May 21, 2014

In Kentucky Primary, McConnell Bests Tea Party Challenger

In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states — including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races.

The Two-Way
7:14 am
Wed May 21, 2014

GM Announces Its 30th Recall Of The Year Thus Far

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:15 am

General Motors' recall problems continue to mount. On Wednesday, the automaker announced it was recalling 218,000 additional vehicles from its Chevrolet Aveo line.

The daytime running light system in the dashboard of cars from the 2004 to 2008 model years can overheat, melt and cause fires, The Associated Press reports.

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Shots - Health News
6:29 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Medicare May Be Overpaying Hospitals For Patients Who Don't Stay Long

The federal government may be paying hospitals $5 billion too much as a result of an 18-month moratorium on enforcement of rules that tell hospitals when patients should be admitted, says an independent Medicare auditing company.

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The Two-Way
6:07 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Alito Halts Missouri Execution; Supreme Court To Look At Case

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:31 pm

The Supreme Court will review Missouri's plans to execute Russell Bucklew Wednesday, after Justice Samuel Alito granted a stay of Bucklew's execution late Tuesday night. The inmate has a rare medical condition that his attorneys say makes it likely that a lethal injection could go wrong.

Alito issued his order after a flurry of court actions in the hours leading up to Bucklew's execution, which had been scheduled for just after midnight. An 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel suspended his execution Tuesday, but that order was later reversed by the full court.

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The Two-Way
5:20 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Where Are The World's Positive Vibes?

The kings of positive feelings: Paraguay's citizens were found to have the most positive things to say about their lives, according to a recent poll. Here, soccer fans cheer for Paraguay's Olimpia team last year.
Nelson Antoine AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 11:22 am

The world, as you've no doubt noticed, has its problems. But some folks seem to be dealing with them pretty well, according to poll results released Wednesday. Countries in Latin America dominated the top of Gallup's "positive experience index," while Syria set an all-time low.

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