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Superslick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A new coating makes ketchup slide out of the bottle and toothpaste slip out of a tube, right down to the last drop. So why not put the slick surface on an Ebola suit so the virus doesn't stick?

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Morning Edition

Safer Anthrax Test Aims To Keep The Bioweapon From Terrorists

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Current tests require growing anthrax in the lab, which isn't the best option for labs in Afghanistan. So engineers have come up with a credit-card-size test that could make the world a safer place.

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TB Patients That The World Writes Off Are Getting Cured In Peru

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When a person is diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, the treatment is so long and painful that some countries decide it's not worth bothering. Partners In Health disagrees.

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You're Just A Blob In Layers Of Plastic

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ever wondered what it feels like to get into one of the moon suits that Ebola workers wear for protection? At a TED Talk, Bill Gates gave audience members a chance to climb in and see.

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Morning Edition

As Ebola Crisis Ebbs, Aid Agencies Turn To Building Up Health Systems

Monday, March 23, 2015

The virus is largely contained in Liberia. But an already-fragile health care system has been devastated. Crucially important workers have died. Will the world pay attention — and pitch in?

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'How Unromantic It Is To Die Of Tuberculosis In The 21st Century'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

That's what a patient in Russia said a few years ago. In fact, 1.5 million people do die of the airborne infection each year. Here's what the world needs to do to fight this generally curable scourge.

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All Things Considered

Communicating The Right Message About Ebola

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A year after the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa, NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Adolphus Scott of UNICEF and Jana Telfer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the vital role of public messaging in fighting the disease.

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A Year Of Ebola: Memorable Moments From Our Reporters' Notebooks

Saturday, March 21, 2015

They remember an early survivor, the crying baby, the teenager who wouldn't give up, the woman who had only bananas to eat, people shaking hands again despite the risks.

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For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

Friday, March 20, 2015

For the first time, scientists have estimated the amount of antibiotics pigs, chickens and cows consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?

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Botched Ritual Circumcision Leads To World's First Penile Transplant

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The recipient is a 21-year-old from a tribe in South Africa, whose organ was amputated after complications from the circumcision. The hope is that transplants could be one way to aid other victims.

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All Things Considered

How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A child stricken with the deadliest form of the disease can quickly fall unconscious and die. A doctor in Michigan has dedicated her life to figuring out how this happens. At last, she has the answer.

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Alarming Number Of Women Think Spousal Abuse Is Sometimes OK

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In many countries, more than a third of women think a husband is sometimes justified in beating his wife. Researchers say this attitude contributes to the high rate of domestic violence worldwide.

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Morning Edition

Breast-Feeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A study that followed more than 3,000 babies into adulthood found those who were breast-fed had slightly higher IQ test scores, stayed in school longer and earned more money as adults.

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If You're One Of The World's 382 Million Diabetics, Your Wages May Dip

Monday, March 16, 2015

The caseload could surge to 592 million by 2035, with a huge contribution from the developing world. And across the globe, people with diabetes tend to earn less — or lose their job altogether.

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The Truth About Humanitarian Work: High Ideals Vs. Hard Realities

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In this week's For the Record, we meet three humanitarian aid workers: one confronting the Ebola crisis, another trying to educate Syrian refugees and another who's stepped back from field work.

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How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past two decades. But does this rosy global health statistic overstate the extent of change?

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New Dads In Togo Are Guaranteed Something That U.S. Dads Aren't

Saturday, March 14, 2015

It's paid paternity leave, which is the law in an increasing number of low- and middle-income countries, but not in the U.S. Research shows that time off for pops can provide lasting benefits.

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Several Americans Possibly Exposed To Ebola, As Epidemic Smolders

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week an American aid worker contracted Ebola in West Africa and may have infected other people. No one else is showing symptoms, but one person is being flown to Atlanta for observation.

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Mr. Mambia Goes To Washington: To Honor His Sister, Who Died Of Ebola

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tarkpor Mambia of Liberia is now a student in Massachusetts. When he learned of his sister's death, he was determined to go to the nation's capital to put a human face on global health issues.

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Singing About Chikungunya Might Not Cure You But Will Make You Laugh

Friday, March 13, 2015

As one song puts it, the painful disease is "a crazy mess that you can't contain." So why not sing about it? Music videos from Latin America are going viral, just like chikungunya.

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