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As Ebola Spreads in Nigeria, Debate About Experimental Drugs Grows

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The death toll in the Ebola outbreak has climbed above 900. In response, the World Health Organization will look into whether it's ethical to use experimental medicines in the outbreak.

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All Things Considered

Plotting The American Role In Fighting The AIDS Epidemic

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

To learn about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Melissa Block talks with Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS coordinator. Birx talks about combating complacency in the fight against the AIDS epidemic.

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All Things Considered

From Surgeon General To Smoking Foe: Remembering Dr. Steinfeld

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Dr. Jesse Steinfeld stepped into the role of U.S. surgeon general in 1969. By 1973, he'd been forced out of office. But before he was, he became leading crusader in the anti-smoking movement. Dr. Steinfeld has died at 87; to remember his life and achievements, Audie Cornish turns to Stanton Glantz, professor of tobacco control at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.

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The Takeaway

A New Plague? Ebola Outbreak 'Out of Control'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

With more than 1,600 reported cases, Richard Preston, a writer for The New Yorker and author of "The Hot Zone," a book about the origins of Ebola, says the situation in West Africa is starting to become "out of control" and look distinctly medieval.

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Suspicious Use Of AIDS Drugs Costs Medicare $30 Million

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Medicare is paying for HIV drugs for hundreds of patients who may not have the disease, an inspector general's investigation finds. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication.

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Morning Edition

Skeptics In Sierra Leone Doubt Ebola Virus Exists

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sierra Leone is at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak. But many people there don't think the virus is real. Others are so frightened by Ebola that they're afraid to take sick relatives to clinics.

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Morning Edition

Liberians In America Help Dispel Ebola Myths Back Home

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A phone network of families that spans continents is helping get the word out: To protect yourselves from Ebola, don't eat bush meat, get sick loved ones medical treatment and avoid their body fluids.

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The Longest Shortest Time

Lucy and the Bike Girl

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Lucy and the bike girl are best friends. But being in the same room together could kill them.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Russian Gang Rips off The Internet, A Violent Boyhood in Sierra Leone, and a Fresh New Feminist Voice

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

1. The Watchmen at The White House | 2. A New Plague? Ebola Outbreak 'Out of Control' | 3. 'Hello, Comet!' Europeans Make Space History | 4. Roxane Gay Breaks The Rules With 'Bad Feminist'

Morning Edition

The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.

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WNYC News

Five Takeaways from the Health Commish on the City's Ebola Preparedness

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

CDC staffing at airports helps city, NYC health commissioner says.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Photographer Introduces The West To Outbreak's Victims

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with freelance photographer Tommy Trenchard, who has been shooting in Sierra Leone the last two years. He offers an on-the-ground account of the Ebola virus outbreak.

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All Things Considered

Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The biggest jump since 2013 has been in states that expanded Medicaid and created insurance exchanges. Arkansas has fared best — reducing its percentage of uninsured from 22 to 12.

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PRI's The World

The story of one Guinean man who survived Ebola

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A nurse working in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders describes the illness and recovery of Sasobas Temé Sadnou from Ebola, and how he's now helping to dispel myths and fears about how the disease is being treated.

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Health Law Calls For Automatic Enrollment Of Some Workers

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

As early as 2015, firms with more than 200 employees may have to automatically enroll their workers in a company health plan. Though workers can opt out, some still find the provision patronizing.

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Why Fat Grizzlies Don't Get Diabetes Like We Do

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Before hibernating, grizzly bears get fat fast — but they don't get metabolic problems like diabetes. Understanding how fat bears stay healthy could lead to better treatments for humans.

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The Takeaway

Welcome to The Fast-Food Renaissance

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Healthy fast-food sounds like a bit of of an oxymoron, but that hasn't stopped consumers from going on a quest to find it. And nowadays, it looks like the greasy hamburger and fries soon be behind us.

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Doritos Inventor's Grandson Sees Dollar Signs ln Healthful Food

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Tim West's grandfather was an executive for Frito-Lay, and the 30-year-old entrepreneur grew up on junk food. But he now wants to shake up the food system with a restaurant serving tempeh and quinoa.

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The most effective drug we have against malaria is losing its potency in Southeast Asia. Doctors can still cure most forms of the disease, but it takes longer and more medications.

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