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Michaeleen Doucleff

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Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

Friday, January 23, 2015

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.

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Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Friday, January 09, 2015

Deep in the Congolese rain forest, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western music. When a team of scientists played them music from Star Wars and Psycho, the results were surprising.

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Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

Friday, January 02, 2015

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.

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Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia

Friday, January 02, 2015

A handful of ecologists knew for years that West Africa was at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Now they're figuring out where else in the world the virus could be hiding. Many signs point to Asia.

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Painful Virus Sweeps Central America, Gains A Toehold In U.S.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

While some Americans worried that Ebola would spread around the U.S., a new mosquito-borne virus flew right in. It sickened more than 2,000 Americans and nearly a million people across the Caribbean.

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Scientists Report Headway In Hunt For Dengue Vaccine

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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Endless Ebola Epidemic? That's The 'Risk We Face Now,' CDC Says

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dr. Thomas Frieden visits West Africa this week to assess the fight against Ebola. His goal? Figure out how to keep the disease from turning into a permanent problem.

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Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

In parts of southern Africa, HIV has picked up mutations that slow down its ability to grow inside a person's blood. That's a good sign. But will it be enough to make a difference in the epidemic?

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Ebola In The Air: What Science Says About How The Virus Spreads

Monday, December 01, 2014

Turns out, Ebola is transmitted through the air, but it's not very good at spreading through the airborne route. What in the heck does that mean? We dig into the science to clear up the kerfuffle.

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How Dogs Understand What We Say

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

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Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Friday, November 28, 2014

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.

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Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Friday, November 21, 2014

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

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India Quarantines Ebola Survivor Because Of Infectious Semen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola can linger in semen for months after a person recovers from the disease. So survivors are typically given condoms and a stern warning. But India is being more cautious.

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Dangerous Deliveries: Ebola Leaves Moms And Babies Without Care

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When a pregnant woman catches Ebola, the fetus and amniotic fluid are flooded with the virus. The ripple effects of these dangerous deliveries could be more catastrophic than Ebola itself.

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How Bacteria In The Gut Help Fight Off Viruses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rotavirus kills more than a half-million kids around the world each year. Now scientists have evidence that the secret to stopping it is hiding in the trillions of bacteria of our microbiome.

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How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Do people with Ebola actually cry tears of blood? What happens if the U.S. Army thinks you might have Ebola? We catch up with science writer David Quammen to discuss truths and myths about the virus.

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From 'Big Jues' To 'Tay-Tay Water,' A Quick Guide To Liberian English

Friday, November 07, 2014

An NPR reporter found that Liberian English is ... kind of like English and kind of like nothing you've heard before. Just stick an "o" at the end of a phrase if you're happy, and you're on your way.

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How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

Friday, October 31, 2014

There's potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.

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No Hand-Washing, Spotty Temperature-Taking At Liberia's Airport

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Ebola screening of airline passengers departing from Monrovia was not operating like a well-oiled machine Monday.

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American Volunteers In Liberia Are Anti-Quarantine

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

They fear that the threat of isolating a returning health worker for 21 days will cause a drop in the number of volunteers at a time when more medical staff is needed to quash the outbreak.

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