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Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in protein bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

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Wide Range Of Hospital Charges For Blood Tests Called 'Irrational'

Friday, August 15, 2014

An analysis of hospital charges in California couldn't explain the wide variation in listed prices for routine lab work. Teaching hospitals and government-run hospitals charged the least.

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The Takeaway

Take a Real Vacation

Friday, August 15, 2014

Science says your brain needs it.

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What The U.S. Health Care System Can Learn From Ebola Outbreak

Friday, August 15, 2014

Future outbreaks of superbugs that resist treatment will test the American health care system's ability to respond. A prominent patient advocate says we need to be ready.

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Radio In Liberia Seems Like It's All Ebola, All The Time

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deejays talk about it. Singers sing about it. Press conferences are broadcast live. Liberia's radio stations are devoting much of their airtime to spreading the word: Ebola is real.

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When Snails Lose Their Way

Friday, August 15, 2014

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.

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Morning Edition

Has An Ebola Corner Been Turned? One Perspective: 'No, No, No, No'

Friday, August 15, 2014

A health educator working in Sierra Leone says her organization, Doctors Without Borders, is "at max capacity" and more help is needed to control an outbreak that is still raging.

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On The Media

Tweeting Shark Week

Friday, August 15, 2014

Marine Biologist David Shiffman was enthralled by "Shark Week" almost from its start in 1988. Bob talks with Shiffman about how, lately, he's become a "Shark Week" critic on Twitter. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Fracking Affects People, Pets, and Our Food

Friday, August 15, 2014

A veterinarian and a pharmacologist investigate heath problems in people, pets, and livestock living near fracking sites.

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Ebola Numbers Vastly Underestimate Reach Of Outbreak, WHO Says

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nearly 2,000 cases have been reported, but staff in West Africa say there are likely many more. The World Health Organization is also coordinating a "massive scaling up" of the international response.

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Why Hungry Seniors Aren't Getting Enough To Eat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A study found that 60 percent of elderly patients who visited an emergency department in 2013 were malnourished. But doctors say it can be relatively easy to help seniors get the food they need.

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All Things Considered

A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of scientists trying to predict how far the outbreak will spread and when it will end.

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How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Engineers have come up with an experimental technology that could make HIV prevention as easy as using a tampon. It's based on an ultrafine fabric that's thinner than a human hair.

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Heads Still Dry, Scientists Try New Approach With ALS

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An international team of scientists is experimenting with a potential drug to block the production of a protein linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Sayur Manis: Delicious, But Also Deadly, Greens From Borneo

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sayur manis is a green vegetable that tastes like spinach with a hint of asparagus when cooked. It's packed with nutrients, but the raw leaves have been linked to outbreaks of lung failure.

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All Things Considered

Kenyan Health Workers Fear Ebola May Take Flight

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kenya's international airport is on high alert, since the Kenya Medical Association has called on the national airline to suspend flights due to concerns over the Ebola outbreak.

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PRI's The World

Paul Farmer says the best way to stop Ebola is to build up health care in Africa

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Harvard physician profiled in the book "Mountains Beyond Mountains" says today's media attention on the Ebola outbreak in Africa could help create the solution needed to stop future outbreaks ... and improve health throughout the continent.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Concocting Condiments

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.

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Science Friday

Bridging the Rift: Oculus' Answer to Virtual Reality

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.

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