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This Week In Public Health: Mike Pence's Health Policy History, Stopping Malaria With A Chicken

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This week: A rundown of GOP VP pick Mike Pence's health policies as governor of Indiana. Want to fight Malaria? Sleep next to a chicken. And are we subsidizing food that makes us fat? These and more ...

To Avoid Malaria, Try Sleeping With A Chicken At Your Bedside

"Sometimes the mosquitoes bit goats; sometimes they bit sheep. In fact, they bit most animals — with one exception: chickens." Why sleeping with the fowl might keep some people from getting Malaria, if a study in Africa is any indication. Mark H. Kim reports for NPR's Goats and Soda blog.

As Indiana Governor, Mike Pence’s Health Policy Has Been Contentious

What can we expect GOP VP pick Mike Pence to push for if he becomes vice president? A look back at his health policies as governor on Medicaid expansion, HIV and public health budgets might provide some clues. For Side Effects, Jake Harper reports.

We Subsidize Crops We Should Eat Less Of, Does This Fatten Us Up?

U.S. taxpayers -- that's me, you, everyone -- help farmers by paying for part of their crop insurance through subsidies. But are we contributing to our own obesity? Does helping farmers this way encourage the production, and our our intake, of high-fructose corn syrup or perhaps meat produced from livestock raised on subsidized grains? Maybe. Writing for The Salt, NPR's food blog, Allison Aubrey has this story

Beware Of Corn Dogs -- Your Latest Food Recall Those delicious deep-fried and battered meat tubes known as corn dogs have a little problem. Well, 372,684 pounds of them. As KPCC's Elina Shatkin reports, the FDA is recalling several varieties of the snack after a Listeria outbreak, and that could affect your backyard barbecue. Read the story here.

Transgender Patients Protected Under Health Care Rules

A new policy this week: Doctors and hospitals that receive federal funding face penalties if they discriminate against people based on their gender or their gender identity. And one study says 70 percent of transgender people have faced discrimination in health care. Marketplace's Dan Gorenstein reports on the new rules.