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First U.S. Case Of Ebola Confirmed In Dallas

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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. He is currently in isolation at a hospital in Dallas.

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BRAIN Initiative Bets on Wearable Scanners, Laser-Controlled Cells

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A wearable PET scanner and lasers that could control individual brain circuits are among the projects funded by a $46 million federal effort to accelerate research on the human brain.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Researchers Have A Radical Idea: Rush A Vaccine Into The Field

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Traditional methods for containing the Ebola outbreak aren't working fast enough. So some scientists want to bypass the typical trial phases and bring new vaccines directly to people at risk.

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Dog Gummit, The World Can Wipe Out Rabies

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rabies kills tens of thousands of people each year. Now scientists are hoping to mount a final siege against the virus globally. The trick? Getting all our four-legged friends to come for a shot.

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Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Here's a government service: The Federal Trade Commission has told two companies to quit selling caffeinated women's undergarments because they don't actually slim your nether regions as advertised.

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Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Evolution of Baby Food

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A look at the evolution of baby food, and how this food affects the health of American babies and the diet and nutrition of the adults they become.

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The Takeaway

Student Radio Project Gives Voice to a Community

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

For the past 20 years, Illinois Public Media has teamed up with high school students to reflect the voices of the community in the form of radio documentaries.

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Morning Edition

Martha Zarway Of Monrovia: 'I'm A Doctor, So We Can't Run Away'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Liberian physician, who operates a clinic in the capital, perseveres in the wake of a colleague's death, possibly from Ebola. She and her staff continue to treat patients.

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Morning Edition

Tests Of New Ebola Drugs Could Take Place As Early As November

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New drugs and vaccines can take years to develop. But health officials and researchers are accelerating tests of experimental drugs to fight the outbreak in West Africa.

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Morning Edition

European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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Morning Edition

Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ray Kelly; Responsible Gun Rights; Pro-Democracy Demonstrators

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly; responsible gun rights; pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong; and the evolution of baby food.

WNYC News

NY Senators Ask Feds To Allow Marijuana Imports

Monday, September 29, 2014

Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there's evidence marijuana may help 60,000 epileptic New Yorkers who aren't responding to conventional treatments.

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WNYC News

NYU Returns to Table for Long Island College Hospital

Monday, September 29, 2014

NYU Langone Medical Center has re-entered negotiations to operate part of the hospital known as LICH.

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All Things Considered

Health Officials Consider Blood Serum As Possible Ebola Treatment

Monday, September 29, 2014

The World Health Organization is enthusiastic about "convalescent serum," which comes from the blood of people who have survived Ebola. But it's unclear how well it could work.

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A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

Monday, September 29, 2014

When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.

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All Things Considered

4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

Monday, September 29, 2014

American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?

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More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

Monday, September 29, 2014

How long can you sit still in a desk? How about your 7-year-old? Maybe you could both use a break. A study shows that kids who get to run around and play after school are better at paying attention.

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What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us

Monday, September 29, 2014

People in the United Kingdom failed big time when they took a poll on risk factors for heart disease. Think you're more up to speed? Try our quickie quiz and find out.

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