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American Fighting Ebola Receives Blood Transfusion From Survivor

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last Friday, Dr. Rick Sacra was flown from Liberia to Nebraska in a special medevac plane to be treated for Ebola. After receiving two experimental therapies, Sacra's condition has improved.

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All Things Considered

A Doctor Who Performed Abortions In South Texas Makes His Case

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Texas restrictions on abortion providers have led many clinics to close. Poor women in some spots, like the Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border, have lost their access to abortion services.

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FDA Approves New Diet Pill That's Made Of Old Medicines

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Contrave will be available in pharmacies this fall. But the companies working on the drug's marketing won't say how much it will cost.

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All Things Considered

Can The U.S. Military Turn The Tide In The Ebola Outbreak?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Some say our military has a big role to play in bringing Ebola under control. But sending in troops is trickier than it sounds.

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Rare Virus Has Sickened Hundreds More Children, Hospitals Say

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The rare virus is spreading fast, and doctors don't have an instant test to find out who has it. So parents should be ready to seek help quickly if a child has a cold that's rapidly getting worse.

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Science Friday

After 40 Years, a Blue Whale Population Bounces Back

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.

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Science Friday

Can Conservation Efforts Save the Birds?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A look at the effects of conservation efforts and climate change on bird populations in North America.

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Science Friday

Keeping an Eye on Eruptions Around the World

Thursday, September 11, 2014

At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.

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Science Friday

A Jovian Moon With Earth-Like Tectonics

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.

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Science Friday

Understanding the Urban Ecosystem

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Researchers say road salt and dissolving concrete have contributed to increased salinization in urban streams.

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Science Friday

The Science of ‘Sameness’: Developing Generic Medications

Thursday, September 11, 2014

As of 2010, generic drugs comprise almost 80 percent of the American pharmaceutical market, compared to 10 percent in 1960.

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Some Things You Can Do In Your Sleep, Literally

Thursday, September 11, 2014

For those who think there are not enough hours in the day, researchers may have just offered you a solution. The brain can continue tasks even while asleep, a study finds. Texting not included, alas.

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Suicide Is A Big Problem Where You'd Least Expect It

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The conventional thinking is that suicide is a problem in high-income countries. But a new WHO report says that three-fourths of suicide deaths are in the low- and middle-income world.

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A Happy Marriage, A Terrible Secret, A Healthy Baby

Thursday, September 11, 2014

They were married in South Africa. The next day, he told his bride he was HIV positive. Soon after, she tested positive. And she thought nothing in her life would ever go right.

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Morning Edition

Fast-Moving Ebola Slows Down Liberia's Economy

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Farmers are too frightened to tend their fields. Customers have stopped going to restaurants, bars and other shops. So now people in Liberia's "breadbasket" region are depending on food donations.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?

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Suicides Rise In Middle-Aged Men, And Older Men Remain At Risk

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Researchers don't know why middle-aged men are increasingly likely to kill themselves. But they say it shows that efforts to reduce the toll of suicide should be focused on men.

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All Things Considered

Economy, Social Isolation May Be Driving Up Suicide Rates In Boomer Men

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suicide rates among middle-aged men in America have shown a sudden, distressing increase in the last decade.

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Women Who Eat Fish Twice Weekly Cut Their Risk Of Hearing Loss

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Something as simple as eating fish can help lower the risk of hearing loss, researchers say. All types of fish helped. And since many people don't eat fish at all, there's an opportunity here.

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PRI's The World

No matter where in the world you are, opting out of childhood vaccines can be a catastrophic choice

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The new NOVA special, "Vaccines: Calling the Shots," explores the lingering global resistance to vaccination campaigns. Case studies from around the world explain just how bad the impact can be when groups opt out of childhood shots.

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