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Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a recall.

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How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.

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Out, Out, Damned Ebola: Liberia Is Obsessed With Hand Washing

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are two camps in Monrovia. The hand washers. And the skeptics who don't believe in Ebola — or in the public health message that scrubbing hands is an effective way of keeping the virus at bay.

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The Takeaway

Ebola Virus Could Take Months to Contain

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dr. Joanna Liu, President of Doctors Without Borders, estimates that tackling the Ebola epidemic will take at least six months.

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PRI's The World

Pop tunes become infomercials in the fight against Ebola in West Africa

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Across West Africa, there's widespread suspicion about Ebola — even down to whether the disease actually exists. To help spread accurate information, radio stations are playing catchy songs with vital information about the disease.

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Morning Edition

'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."

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Morning Edition

World's Aid Agencies Stretched To Their Limits By Simultaneous Crises

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

USAID's Nancy Lindborg: "What we have now ... are really complex, difficult crises that are fundamentally the result of non-democratic governments."

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Morning Edition

Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.

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Morning Edition

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: No Safe Place in Ferguson, Containing Ebola, and Mark Duplass: Hollywood's Favorite Man-Child

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

         

Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Monday, August 18, 2014

Using a new technology, scientists have created a vaccine for an emerging mosquito-borne virus. The vaccine was safe and produced some degree of immunity in a preliminary study.

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PRI's The World

Fear in Liberia turns violent as a mob attacks an Ebola clinic

Monday, August 18, 2014

More than a dozen Ebola patients in Liberia have gone missing after a mob attacked and looted a Monrovia-area health facility. Now, the Liberian government fears that infected individuals are returning to their communities, where they risk spreading the virus.

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All Things Considered

Hit Hard By Ebola, Liberia Now Has A Third Treatment Center

Monday, August 18, 2014

Men, women and children began lining up hours before the new facility opened — only the third Ebola treatment center in a country where the virus is spreading with alarming speed.

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WNYC News

Council Speaker, Usually Private, Tweets She Has HPV

Monday, August 18, 2014

Despite being a public figure, Mark-Viverito doesn't talk about her personal life — but she said her position requires she draw attention to the disease.  

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Medicare Patients Often See Nurses Instead Of Doctors For Skin Problems

Monday, August 18, 2014

Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.

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Caring For The American Ebola Patients: Inside Emory's Isolation Unit

Monday, August 18, 2014

The "patient biocontainment unit" at Emory University Hospital is one of four facilities in the U.S. specially equipped to handle the most serious infectious diseases.

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The Takeaway

How Israel Fuels a Black Market for Organs

Monday, August 18, 2014

A mixture of religious law and cultural practices have led many Israelis to reject organ donation, creating a desperate market of patients who will do anything for a transplantable organ.

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The Takeaway

Inside Iran's Legal Human Organ Trade

Monday, August 18, 2014

Iran is the only country worldwide where the practice of selling one's kidney for profit is legal and regulated. It is also one of the only places that has no waiting list for organs.

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Morning Edition

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Monday, August 18, 2014

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one-quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.

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