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Global Health

Boy Band Joins The Masses To Take A Stand For Global Development

Saturday, July 11, 2015

One Direction is one of many supporters of today's "global day of action," when citizens will make demands of their leaders. The goal: to send a message to the Financing for Development summit.

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Cholera Vaccine Protects Whole Community, Even Unvaccinated

Friday, July 10, 2015

A cheap, oral vaccine — about the size of an "energy shot" — offers fresh hope for preventing cholera epidemics, like the one that has killed nearly 10,000 people in Haiti.

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All Things Considered

How To Eliminate Extreme Poverty In 169 Not-So-Easy Steps

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Millennium Development Goals, set in 2000, revolutionized the fight against poverty. Now the world is setting Sustainable Development Goals. But critics say there may be too many priorities.

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Cuba Is First To Earn WHO Seal For Ending Mother-Baby HIV Transmission

Monday, July 06, 2015

The chances are now practically nil. How did Cuba do it? And how are other countries faring by comparison?

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You Haven't Left The Building But Your Brain's On A Virtual Reality Trip

Sunday, July 05, 2015

You can now experience the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake or get a sense of what it's like to be in a refugee camp without leaving home. Will that make you more likely to donate to a cause?

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How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A clever device uses technology developed by the military to make chlorine quickly and cheaply. The goal is to give schools and hospitals around the world an easy way to purify water.

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Ebola Returns To Liberia With A Mysterious Case Near Monrovia

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A teenage boy tested positive for Ebola in a town outside the capital city. It's unknown where he caught the virus, and health officials are concerned the case could spark another outbreak.

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It Turns Out We Really Didn't Know What People Are Dying From

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Christopher Murray, a medical doctor and economist, is changing that. A new book looks at his efforts — and why advocacy groups initially were upset by his findings.

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Fresh Air

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Friday, June 26, 2015

Writer Arthur Allen describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. Originally broadcast July 22, 2014.

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Save Wildlife, Save Yourself?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Protecting the environment may reduce many diseases, such as Lyme and West Nile, a study finds. The tantalizing idea suggests that conservation and human health may be more connected than we thought.

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Morning Edition

Polio Is Active In Only 3 Countries. Soon It Could Be Down To 2

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nigeria is one of three places where polio is still a problem. But there hasn't been a case in almost a year. So Africa is on the verge of being polio-free.

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Vietnam Is Having Condom Problems — And That's A Good Thing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New prosperity brings new problems. For example: What does a government do when aid money for condom handouts is dwindling?

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Pot For Parasites? Pygmy Men Smoke Out Worms

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

When it comes to reefer madness, nobody can top a group of traditional hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin. About 70 percent of men smoke cannabis. The drug could be doing more than getting them high.

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Will A Surgical Mask Keep You Safe In A Viral Outbreak?

Monday, June 22, 2015

When Middle East respiratory syndrome erupted in South Korea, people started wearing masks everywhere, even at weddings. So how good are these masks at stopping MERS or even the flu?

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South Korea, Thailand Report No New MERS Cases

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The number of cases in South Korea has remained steady at 166 for more than two weeks, but the death of a 63-year-old man brought to 25 the number of deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

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The Challenges Posed By An Aging Global Population

Saturday, June 20, 2015

One-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older in 15 years. NPR's Ina Jaffe talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the aging of the population worldwide and the challenges it presents.

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North Korea Announces Cure For MERS (As If)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The drug can also allegedly wipe out AIDS and TB and just about every other disease. The state-run media announced the news, so exaggeration is to be expected.

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Guess Which Country Has The Biggest Increase In Soda Drinking

Friday, June 19, 2015

It's Cameroon, closely trailed by Vietnam and India. Sugary fizzy drinks are making inroads in the developing world.

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All Things Considered

Why Ebola Won't Go Away In West Africa

Friday, June 19, 2015

Over the past few months, case tallies have dipped toward zero, only to bounce back up. Health officials worry the outbreak could never end if people keep hiding cases and dead bodies.

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And The Total Spent On Health In Impoverished Countries Last Year...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

...is $228 billion. A new report breaks it all down: Who gave the money (spoiler alert: the U.S. is a very big donor) and where did it go?

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