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What Reading on Screens Does to Our Brains

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How should you read? Paper or screen? Your brain wants to choose one. Switching back and forth may not be effective. That is, unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Doctor, Speak Up for Yourself

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hillary Frank, host of WNYC's podcast The Longest Shortest Time, and Jessica Franklin, a pediatrician, talk about Jessica's newborn baby who needed medical attention.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: America's Game of Risk, Paper Vs. Plasma, and A New 'King Lear'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Takeaway explores the balancing act between security and privacy, the stagnant poverty rate, the new fight against Ebola, a modern Shakespeare tale, and more.                   

Dr. Kent Brantly: Ebola Survivor Gives Testimony On The Hill

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The doctor spoke of "the horror that this disease visits upon its victims" and told a joint Senate committee hearing that he favors U.S. military intervention to fight it.

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More Birthdays For Kids Under 5 Around The World

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The number of deaths of children under 5 has dropped by 49 percent since 1990. There are many reasons why, from better vaccines and health workers to "kangaroo mother care."

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All Things Considered

U.S. To Send 3,000 Troops To West Africa To Aid In Ebola Epidemic

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will send more military personnel and resources to Africa to fight the deadly virus.

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All Things Considered

American Doctor In Libera Calls U.S. Ebola Response Plan 'Outstanding'

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Melissa Block talks to Dr. Timothy Flanigan in Liberia about President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will ramp up aid efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Outbreak Presents Special Challenges For U.S. Military

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On Tuesday, President Obama announced a larger U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak that will put 3,000 troops on the front line. What can the military can provide and how quickly they can do it?

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All Things Considered

Breast Cancer Patients Seek More Control Over Research Agenda

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads.

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Americans' Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are you more an apple or a pear? If it's the former, you've got company. Americans' waistlines are growing, even though obesity rates have plateaued. And more belly fat increases health risks.

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Obama Gives New Details On America's Effort To Fight Ebola

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The president announced a "major increase" in the U.S. response to the outbreak, including a new military command center in Liberia, and sending medical professionals from the U.S. to field hospitals.

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Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To put Ebola in context, we tried to find a list of the deadliest contagious diseases. We couldn't. So with the help of scientists and health agencies, we came up with a rundown of the world's worst.

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The Takeaway

The World's iPhones Are Made in Toxic Chinese Factories

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Many of the workers are teens who've left home to support their families—and the first job they're given is simply cleaning iPhone screens, over and over, with toxic chemicals.

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Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn't Help

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heating pads and other passive treatments don't do any good if the goal is gaining strength and mobility, according to the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, it's all about the exercise.

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Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.

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The Takeaway

Scrabble Players Vs. Crossword Junkies: Science Explains Who's Smarter

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A team of researchers tested the cognition skills of nationally ranked Scrabble players against crossword players. The results were a bit puzzling.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Military to Help Ebola Effort

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In addition to military assistance, President Obama will send portable hospitals, doctors and healthcare experts to West Africa. But will this be enough to help contain the virus?

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Morning Edition

Hiccups Were The Clue That Led Researchers To Ebola

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Journalist Jeffrey Stern traveled to Guinea to find out why it took so long for scientists to figure out that the Ebola virus had struck. He tells a revealing tale in this month's Vanity Fair.

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Morning Edition

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

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Morning Edition

Obama To Announce Buildup In U.S. Efforts To Fight Ebola

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The U.S. military plans to establish a medical base in Liberia to help stop the Ebola epidemic. It will build 1,700 new treatment beds and train up to 500 health care workers every week.

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