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Comparing Apples to Apples in New York

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

WNYC
Which is more of a "core" business in NY State — Apples or apples?

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All Things Considered

When Scientists Give Up

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.

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All Things Considered

In Liberia's Hard-Hit Lofa County, Ebola Continues To Take A Toll

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The farming town of Barkedu accounts for a fifth of Liberia's Ebola deaths. Residents have revved up anti-Ebola efforts. But the virus has swept away entire families, and there's no end in sight.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Return of Preventable Diseases

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

You've heard the stories: increasing outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases we thought were history. In the face of such risks, why do parents opt out of vaccinations?

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PRI's The World

Why Ebola patients are being turned away at the gates of treatment centers in Liberia

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ebola is spreading exponentially in Liberia and thousands of new cases are expected there in the next three weeks. Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, says health workers are turning away patients at the gates of treatment centers in Monrovia because they simply don't have enough beds.

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Get The Measles, Get Ready To Be Out For Two Weeks

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Many people think of measles as a mild childhood illness. But people who got the measles during outbreaks in the United Kingdom say they were so sick they missed two weeks of school or work.

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You Won't Catch Ebola From A Giraffe In Tanzania

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Fear of the virus has raised worries about travel to Africa — for safaris in Tanzania, for school programs in South Africa. But London is closer to the outbreak's epicenter than Johannesburg is.

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Can I Buy Insurance After Being Injured In An Accident?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The health law's ban on pre-existing conditions doesn't mean you can buy a plan after you get sick. Most people have to wait for the open enrollment period.

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Morning Edition

Researchers Aim For Wider Genetic Screening For Breast Cancer

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Mary-Claire King, who identified the first breast cancer gene, calls for more women to be screened for genetic mutations. Now, doctors only recommend women who have a family history get screened.

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WNYC News

Death Beds: Too Little, Too Late for Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Despite evidence that hospices can extend life and save money, New Yorkers continue to choose aggressive treatment over the comforts of hospice care.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surprising Twist: Preventable Diseases Make a Comeback, Inheriting a Tenant, from Jihadi to CIA Informant

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The science of vaccination. Director Israel Horowitz and Kevin Kline on “My Old Lady.” Dennis Lehane's The Drop. A Jihadi extremist on becoming a CIA informant.

Time To Send A Message To Pregnant Women Who Use Tobacco

Monday, September 08, 2014

For the first time, there's data on tobacco use by pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries. The news is not too bad. But there's still a need for messages about the risk to an unborn child.

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All Things Considered

Researcher Urges Wider Genetic Screening For Breast Cancer

Monday, September 08, 2014

Genetic tests are recommended for women with a family history of breast cancer. One researcher says all women should be screened, but others say there's not enough evidence that they are at risk.

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All Things Considered

Enterovirus Outbreak Hospitalizes Kids Across Midwest

Monday, September 08, 2014

Robert Siegel talks to Mark Pallansch, virologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the outbreak of a respiratory illness that is striking children mostly in the Midwest.

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CDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children

Monday, September 08, 2014

A spike in severe respiratory infections in children has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking doctors and patients to act quickly if children wheeze or have difficulty breathing.

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New Option For Getting Rid Of Old Drugs: The Pharmacy

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration is loosening up its rules so that people will have more ways of disposing of drugs that can be risky to keep around after they're no longer needed.

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In The County Where Ebola First Struck Liberia, A Cry For Help

Monday, September 08, 2014

The virus reportedly crossed the border from Guinea into lush Lofa County in March. Health workers risk their lives to care for the sick — and are "flabbergasted" at the lack of international aid.

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Harvard To Get $350 Million Gift From Hong Kong Group

Monday, September 08, 2014

The School of Public Health will be renamed in honor of H.T. Chan, whose son, a longtime university benefactor, received two degrees from Harvard in the 1970s.

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The Takeaway

So You Want to Be a Doctor

Monday, September 08, 2014

Freshmen entering med school have about ten years ahead of them before they're practicing doctors. That's a long time for the healthcare business to change. Here's what they're in for.

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