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Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Step aside, injections! The next flu vaccine you see might look more like a bandage — a patch covered in 100 microscopic needles that dissolve in the skin in just a few minutes.

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What Happens To A Country When An Outbreak Of Ebola Ends?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Dr. Peter Piot co-discovered the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976. He went back on his 65th birthday to see how the country has fared since then.

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A Man Said To Be Ebola-Free Could Still Infect A Partner During Sex

Friday, May 01, 2015

A new report says a woman in Liberia very likely contracted the virus after unprotected sex with a man who had survived the disease. The reason may lie in the immune response of the testicles.

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All Things Considered

Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.

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All Things Considered

He Carried His Mom On His Back For 5 Hours En Route To Medical Care

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The epicenter of the quake that struck Nepal was in the district of Gorkha, a few hours' drive from the capital of Kathmandu. We're just beginning to see the extent of the damage in villages there.

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Safe Surgery Is A Dream In The Developing World

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One-third of global deaths occur because people don't have access to safe surgery, a study finds. Dirty operating rooms and unskilled attendants make going under the knife extremely risky.

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All Things Considered

Israeli Dads Welcome Surrogate-Born Baby In Nepal On Earthquake Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mazel tov, it's a global baby boy! The egg was from a South African donor; the sperm was from Israel. The surrogate mom lived in Nepal. And when the dads came to meet their son, an earthquake struck.

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Don't Trust The Goats; Their Ticks Could Make You Sick

Monday, April 27, 2015

A goat is host to bacteria. A tick visits the goat, picks up bacteria and spreads them to a human. And the bacteria turn out to cause a previously undiscovered disease.

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Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

Friday, April 24, 2015

In tests of anti-malarial pills and antibiotics, 9 to 41 percent didn't meet quality standards. And the world does a crummy job chasing criminals who reap $75 billion a year from counterfeit meds.

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Morning Edition

Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Researchers set hungry mosquitoes loose on identical and fraternal twins. They found that inherited genes do play a role in making you a mosquito magnet.

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A Young Mother's Death Raises Questions Without Answers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The official cause of death was an accident. Friends believe her husband had beaten her. Yet no one will speak up — part of the hush that descends over domestic abuse in India.

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You Don't Want To Mess With An Angry Mother

Monday, April 20, 2015

Phyllis Omido's toddler had a mysterious ailment. After doctors came up with a diagnosis, she set out to shut down a Kenyan polluter. Now she's won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work.

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Mr. Toilet And Mr. Condom Think Jokes Will Save The World

Monday, April 20, 2015

Potty humor! A condom in a key chain with the slogan: "Weapon of mass protection." The goal is to use laughter to change attitudes. And there's even a study to prove that it works.

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See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

Sunday, April 19, 2015

In almost every corner of the world, women are either completely written out of school books, or they're portrayed in stereotypical, subservient roles, a report says. What will it take to fix this?

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All Things Considered

WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The new head of the World Health Organization's Africa region predicts the Ebola outbreak will end by this fall. But the world must remain vigilant until transmission has completely stopped, she says.

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As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

Friday, April 17, 2015

International banks are promising nearly a billion dollars in aid to the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. The number of weekly cases has dropped below 40 — the lowest level since last May.

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Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same Time

Friday, April 17, 2015

Entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to make the world better without relying on charity. It's called social entrepreneurship, and its rising stars showed us how it works at a conference in Oxford.

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Morning Edition

When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Friday, April 17, 2015

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.

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'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?

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'To My Brave Sisters': Malala Speaks To Missing Nigerian Girls

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Like the kidnapped girls, Malala Yousafzai was targeted by militant extremists for wanting an education. The activist wrote a heartrending letter to the girls on the anniversary of their abduction.

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