KUAR http://ualrpublicradio.org en Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/free-drug-samples-prompt-skin-doctors-prescribe-costlier-meds Every "free" sample comes with a price.<p>Dermatologists who accept free tubes and bottles of brand-name drugs are likelier to prescribe expensive medications for acne than doctors who are prohibited from taking samples, a study <a href="http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx">reports</a> Wednesday.<p>The difference isn't chump change. When patients see a dermatologist who gets and gives free samples, the average cost of medicines prescribed is $465 per office visit. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:01:00 +0000 editor 21905 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Free Drug Samples Prompt Skin Doctors To Prescribe Costlier Meds Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 21903 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rescuers-deliver-most-not-all-nigerian-schoolgirls-safety According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 21902 at http://ualrpublicradio.org ACLU of Arkansas Files Suit Against Voter ID Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/aclu-arkansas-files-suit-against-voter-id-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s 2013 voter ID law is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center. The lawsuit argues the act presents an unconstitutional barrier to voting. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ACLU’s Executive Director Rita </span>Sklar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the law targets populations with poor access to resources. </span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:52:16 +0000 Jacob Kauffman & Colleen Mayo 21901 at http://ualrpublicradio.org ACLU of Arkansas Files Suit Against Voter ID Law Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bloomberg-seeks-alter-gun-debate-50-million-and-moms Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's plan to invest $50 million in what he describes as a mom-driven grass-roots effort to support pro-gun-safety candidates grabbed headlines Wednesday, and energized gun control activists.<p>The commitment, the former New York City mayor says, aims to beat back the profound political influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states — to "make them afraid of us," he told NBC's <em>Today </em>show.<p>"This is what the American public wants," Bloomberg said, referring to his group's intended focus on gun-purchase background checks.<p>Polls show that B Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:49:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 21904 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/book-review-kinder-solitude Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Ellah Allfrey 21900 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/justices-peacemaker-unit-focuses-transgender-rights A groundbreaking survey reports that <a href="http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">nearly 2 out of 3 transgender people</a> say they've been victims of physical assault. Most of those crimes are never reported to police. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 21897 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/your-mark-get-set-grow-guide-speedy-vegetables Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.<p>But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)<p>So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?<p>There are two ways to make this happen. Some garden varieties naturally have a short germinate-to-harvest cycle. Then there are the hybrids developed at universities and seed companies. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Marc Silver 21899 at http://ualrpublicradio.org On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables Iranian U.N. Ambassador's Past Makes Fodder For Diplomatic Dust-up http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/iranian-un-ambassadors-past-makes-fodder-diplomatic-dust The U.S. has denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's choice as ambassador to the United Nations, which is based in New York. Aboutalebi is an experienced diplomat, but his past involvement as a translator during the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is problematic. Iran has complained to the world body, and a special committee is set to review the issue next week. <em>Bloomberg</em> reporter Sangwon Yoon explains the diplomatic controversy and how it may play out. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 NPR Staff 21896 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-fossil-takes-bite-out-theory-sharks-barely-evolved Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.<p>The finding, <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature13195.html">published in the journal Nature</a>, strongly implies that sharks are not the "living fossils" many paleontologists once thought they were. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Geoff Brumfiel 21895 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved