Shots - Health Blog
12:15 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Pakistan Polio Spreading To China

The first confirmed reports of polio in China since 1999 have cropped up in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (in red).
Wikimedia Commons

There's word from the World Health Organization that wild poliovirus type 1 has appeared in 10 children in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China this month.

The viral strains isolated from these children were genetically linked to virus currently circulating in Pakistan, the WHO says.

They're the first confirmed cases of polio identified in China since 1999, according to WHO.

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It's All Politics
11:55 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Obama' 'Stop Complaining' Order To Black Caucus Causes Stir

President Obama addresses a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner, Sept. 24, 2011.

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 2:25 pm

President Obama may have fired up some of the most loyal voters in his political base, African Americans, through a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, though not in the way he intended.

After running down a list of his administration's accomplishments on behalf of middle and lower income Americans and calling for passage of his jobs bill, Obama concluded his speech by saying:

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11:36 am
Mon September 26, 2011

The Greedy Battle For Iraq's 'Hearts And Minds'

Peter Van Buren has contributed to The Nation, American Conservative Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
Torie Partridge courtesy of the author

For years federal auditors have reported that millions of American dollars have been wasted or are unaccounted for in the effort to rebuild and stabilize Iraq.

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All Tech Considered
11:20 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Few Consumers Are Cracking The QR Code

Manuel Martinez, the manager of a popular salad restaurant in Washington, D.C., called Sweetgreen, assists a customer. Martinez says customers use the QR code on the wall to learn about promotions and to get discounts.
Mallory Benedict NPR

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 12:14 pm

If you drive by billboards or flip through magazines from time to time, you may have noticed pixelated squares popping up all over the place. These aren't scrambled checkerboards or alien landing pads, but QR codes, short for quick response codes.

The codes are scanned with a smartphone camera, kind of like one might scan a bar code, and marketing departments all over the country are coming up with clever ways to use them.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:57 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Growth Of Children's Hospitals Raises Adult-Size Questions

Construction at the new Nemours Children's Hospital, at the medical city at Lake Nona, Fla., in late 2010.
Joe Burbank Orlando Sentinel

Many children's hospitals started out humbly, like Children's Hospital Boston, which began with 20 beds in a row house shortly after the Civil War.

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The Two-Way
10:45 am
Mon September 26, 2011

More People Than Ever Are Unhappy With The Government, Poll Shows

Gallup's latest polling on how Americans feel about the way they're being governed.

In some ways this news just states the obvious. But it's still worth noting that according to the pollsters at Gallup:

"A record-high 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years."

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Around the Nation
10:34 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Living People To Appear On Stamps For First Time

The Postal Service rule had been that a person had to have been dead for at least five years before being eligible to appear on a stamp.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For the first time, living people will be eligible to be honored on U.S. postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it is ending its longstanding rule that people cannot be featured on stamps while they're still living. It's inviting suggestions from the public on who should get the first stamp.

"This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Creator Of Doritos To Be Buried With His Chips

Word is just reaching the rest of the nation that Arch West, the man credited with creating Doritos, died last week in Texas. He was 97, the Dallas Morning News says.

At a graveside service next Saturday, the newspaper adds, "his family plans to sprinkle Doritos." A daughter says they will be "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn."

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Sales Of New Homes Fell 2.3 Percent In August

Sales of new single-family houses fell 2.3 percent in August from July, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development just reported. The annualized rate: 295,000 sales.

The report underscores the weakness of the housing market, The Associated Press says. Sales have now fallen four straight months and are at a six-month low. Economists, according to the AP, say the pace needs to be about 700,000 "to sustain a healthy housing market."

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