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PRI's The World

Here's one reason Nigeria has halted the spread of Ebola

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

As a boy growing up in Cameroon, Christian Happi's heroes were American biologist James Watson and English physicist Francis Crick. His dream was to work in genetics. Now he's doing the work he finds most meaningful. Happi's lab was among the first to identify the presence of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria.

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PRI's The World

The current Ebola outbreak is huge, but at least it's not spreading particularly quickly

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

In terms of sheer numbers of cases, the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the biggest ever recorded. But analysis shows that the disease is not spreading as quickly as some diseases have in the past, which gives some hope that it might soon be contained.

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All Things Considered

A Year Later, HealthCare.Gov Has Found Its Footing But Problems Remain

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Robert Siegel talks to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace rollout.

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All Things Considered

Proton Center Closure Doesn't Slow New Construction

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A proton beam therapy center in Indiana is closing, and insurers are reluctant to cover the treatment for common cancers. But plans for three new proton therapy centers for the D.C. area are still on.

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All Things Considered

Dallas Ebola Patient Was Not Diagnosed On First Hospital Visit

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Officials at Presbyterian Hospital said the patient confirmed last Friday that he had been in an area with Ebola, but that information was not passed along to the entire medical team.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surprise Medical Bills and Other Major Health Care Costs

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal on why we're being billed for treatment by doctors we've never even met.

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The Takeaway

Halting the Spread of Ebola in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

With one confirmed case in Dallas, Texas, doctors and health experts are working to contain both the disease, and the panic about the disease.

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Africa's 'Switzerland' Bans Ebola — But At What Cost?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mauritius won't let in anyone who's been to an Ebola-affected country over the past 60 days. That mindset won't stop the outbreak. But it could deal a blow to the Pan-African economy.

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Europe's 'Moral Obligation' Is To Repair West Africa's Health Care System

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

With money and manpower, the European Union hopes to help stop the Ebola outbreak. But the EU has a long-term goal as well: Improving health care in West Africa to prevent future medical crises.

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Hospital Official: Ebola Patient's Travel Not Relayed To Doctors

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital learned that the man had flown to the U.S. from Liberia, but that information was not communicated to doctors making the diagnosis, the official says.

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Experimental Drug Jams Ebola Gene To Fight The Virus

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A drug being tested against Ebola makes use of new scientific insights that could prove useful for treating other illnesses, including one that is inherited.

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Raya The Muppet Talks About Poop And Is Proud of It

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

She's an aquamarine puppet with a mission: Stop the practice of open defecation. That's a tall order for a 6-year-old muppet. But she's up for the job: "Let's face it. We all got to go."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obamacare's First Birthday

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Enrolees, the uninsured, and health care providers call in to talk about the first year of Obamacare.

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The Message On Ebola: Don't Panic

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Following the first confirmed case of an Ebola patient diagnosed with the disease after reaching U.S. soil, the Centers for Disease Control and the news media caution against an overreaction.

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5 Things We Learned From New Database Of Payments To Doctors

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Royalty and licensing payments accounted for almost a third of the amount paid to doctors by drug and device companies. The total exceeded the amount spent on speeches, consulting and meals.

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Morning Edition

Will The Ebola Case In Dallas Lead To A U.S. Outbreak?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A man who had come from Liberia is now in isolation at a hospital in Dallas. Health officials in the U.S. say they are confident that this case will not trigger a wider outbreak.

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Morning Edition

First U.S. Ebola Case Confirmed In Dallas

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention verified that a man who flew to the U.S. from Liberia has tested positive for Ebola. He was not sick on the plane, but developed symptoms later.

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Morning Edition

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

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The Longest Shortest Time

Building a Better Boobie Trap

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A woman fed up with her breast pump enlisted 150 experts to make it better with a weekend-long Hackathon at MIT. We sent in a childless man to see if that's possible.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Ebola Reaches America, The Horror Movie That Changed Film, and The Challenges of Home-Cooking

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Takeaway explores the spread of the Ebola virus, the cultural impact of the 1974 film "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and the challenges of home-cooking.