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Sierra Leone celebrates the end of its lockdown, but Ebola still looms

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Ebola stricken nation of Sierra Leone was on lockdown over the past weekend as part of a national effort to stop the spread of Ebola. During the curfews, thousands of health workers and volunteers went house-to-house, looking for suspected Ebola cases.

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In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus

Monday, September 22, 2014

You'd think that mosquitoes wouldn't like drought, but that's not what's happening in California, where stagnant water breeds more mosquitoes. Cases of West Nile virus have doubled since last year.

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Dr. Daniel Bausch Knows The Ebola Virus All Too Well

Monday, September 22, 2014

Can you catch it from sweat on a cab seat? Will blood transfusions help? Who really wants to go to Africa and pitch in? Is it too late? A leading virologist answers burning questions about Ebola.

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Dr. Daniel Bausch Knows The Ebola Virus All Too Well

Monday, September 22, 2014

Can you catch it from sweat on a cab seat? Will blood transfusions help? Who really wants to go to Africa and pitch in? Is it too late? A leading virologist answers burning questions about Ebola.

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The Takeaway

There Was Medicine. And Then There Was Prozac.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The drug itself was a celebrity: over-hyped, mass marketed, then demonized by the press. Retro Report examines the unprecedented rise of a pharmaceutical to the status of cultural icon.

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Morning Edition

NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.

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Morning Edition

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Monday, September 22, 2014

Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.

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Morning Edition

Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn't matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. Time to take a deep breath?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Fight Against Climate Change, The Future of Manufacturing, and America's Top Female CEO

Monday, September 22, 2014

            

All Things Considered

It May Be 'Perfectly Normal,' But It's Also Frequently Banned

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It's Perfectly Normal, a 20-year-old illustrated sex-ed book for kids, is meant to teach children about sexual health, puberty and relationships. It's one of the most banned books in America.

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Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

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Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Surveys show Americans would prefer not to die in a hospital. Yet, in New York City, the majority of people do. But the reason is not simple.

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Fair-Trade Condoms: Latex That Lets You Love The World

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thistle extract, carrot dye and fair trade labels aren't just for tea. Condoms with fair trade and vegan certifications are moving into a market dominated by Trojan and Durex.

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All Things Considered

'It Is Hell Out Here,' Says Liberian Official

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Gyude Moore, deputy chief of staff to Liberia's president, who recently wrote a passionate open letter appealing for urgent help to aid those suffering from Ebola in Monrovia.

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Workers Hand Out Soap And Advice As Sierra Leone Locks Down

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Under the country's three-day experiment to control the deadly Ebola virus, people must stay home while health care teams go door-to-door to spread the word on prevention.

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This Ebola Outbreak 'Has Broken All The Rules'

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Laurie Garrett covered the Ebola outbreak in Zaire in 1995. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the U.S. mission to send military and monetary aid to Africa to help control Ebola in the region.

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Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.

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WATCH: The Boy Who Danced In The Face Of Ebola

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A nugget of joy in the battle against Ebola: A little boy infected with the virus dances his way through treatment — and he's really good.

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Social Media Get The Right Stuff To India's Flood Victims

Friday, September 19, 2014

Waters rose as high as two and three stories in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. People were trapped. They needed supplies, and #jkfloodrelief came to the rescue.

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All Things Considered

Inside An Ebola Kit: A Little Chlorine And A Lot Of Hope

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. And clinics don't have space for patients. So the U.S. government is giving families kits for treating people at home. Will this help slow the epidemic?

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