Shots - Health Blog
12:07 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Heartburn Treatments May Lead To Serious Diarrhea

When it comes to taking up residence in your intestines, Clostridium difficile, like these, may get some help from common heartburn drugs.
Janice Carr CDC

If that case of diarrhea just doesn't get better, your heartburn drug could be the reason.

The Food and Drug Administration just warned doctors and consumers that popular medicines called proton pump inhibitors may raise the risk for chronic diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that you'd rather not have colonizing your intestines.

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The Salt
11:41 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Skip The Spoon: Babies May Eat Better When They Feed Themselves

This kid's got the right idea: DIY dinner.

Spooning strained peas into a baby is the traditional way to start solid food. But babies might be better off feeding themselves.

That's the surprising result of a new study that compared the food preferences and weight of babies who fed themselves finger food with those who were spoon fed.

Both groups of children had equal exposure to snack foods. But the babies who fed themselves preferred carbohydrates like toast, pasta, or potatoes, while the spoon-fed children went for sweets when given a choice.

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It's All Politics
10:47 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Romney Still Looks Like Frontrunner Even After Santorum's 3-State Romp

Mitt Romney during a lighter moment in Loveland, Colo. on a day when he lost three presidential preference contests, Feb. 7, 2012.
Gerald Herbert AP

Mitt Romney can take solace Wednesday in the words of Mark Hanna, the 19th century Ohio industrialist and political boss who once famously said: "There are two things that are important in politics, money and I can't remember the second."

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Argentina Will Complain To U.N. About Britain's 'Militarization' Of Falklands

The sign reads "British, get our of the Malvinas (Falklands)." It hangs outside the Government Palace, known as 'Casa Rosada', in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Eduardo Di Baia AP

Argentina's president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said the country would file a complaint with the United Nations about Britain's "militarization" of the South Atlantic.

This is all part of a recent escalation of the two countries' long-running dispute about the Falkland Islands. Reuters reports:

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Book Reviews
10:21 am
Wed February 8, 2012

'Revolution 2.0': How Social Media Toppled A Dictator

Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:00 am

When thousands of Egyptians began to gather in Tahrir Square in preparation for the planned Jan. 25, 2011, uprising, then-President Hosni Mubarak's beleaguered regime responded with familiar brutality and thuggery. And then, it made a tactical error: it clamped down on Facebook and Twitter.

"The regime's decision to block these two websites," writes Internet activist Wael Ghonim in his book, Revolution 2.0, "was a grave mistake." The Egyptian people sensed desperation in the state's actions — and proof of their own strength.

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10:20 am
Wed February 8, 2012

The Nation: Santorum's Symbolic Victories

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally on Feb. 7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Santorum defeated his challengers in Missouri's non binding primary, Minnesota's caucus and Colorado's caucus on Feb. 7. 2012.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 8:20 am

Ben Adler is a blogger for The Nation.

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10:17 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Foreign Policy: Syria's Ground Zero

Syrian soldiers who defected from the army join protesters in Homs's Khaldiya neighborhood on Jan. 26. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army launched an offensive that evening in the Karm al-Zeitoun district, killing 26 civilians, including nine children, and wounding dozens.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 6:46 am

This editors of Foreign Policy composed this slideshow.

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NPR Ombudsman
10:16 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Mailbox: Romney, Low Tax Rates And Fair Reporting

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in Denver, Colorado.
Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 8:21 am

Last Friday, I published a column assessing NPR's coverage of Mitt Romney's released tax returns. I agree with critics that the main stories did not address the justifications for Romney's low tax rates on high income. Nonetheless, I concluded that the limited context in the stories of comparing Romney's low rates to what most Americans pay was fair.

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Edward Schumacher-Matos is the ombudsman for NPR. His column can be found on here.

Having spent more than three decades as a reporter and editor in the United States and abroad for some of the nation's most prestigious news outlets, and having founded his own newspapers, Schumacher-Matos has a deep understanding of the essential role that journalists play in upholding a vital democracy. He also intimately understands the demands that reporters and editors face every day.

10:16 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Donald Hall: A Poet's View 'Out The Window'

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 9:57 am

Poet Donald Hall spends much of his time in his blue armchair, looking at the landscape out his window. The 83-year-old former poet laureate has lived for years on the same New Hampshire farm that his grandparents used to own, and still writes in the room he slept in as a child.

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