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PRI's The World

A summit of African leaders in Washington tries to move beyond 'speed dating'

Monday, August 04, 2014

The US is hosting its first-ever summit of leaders from across Africa, but the short timeframe and large number of attendees means that meaningful dialogue might be hard to achieve.

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All Things Considered

What You Need To Know About Sierra Leone And Ebola

Monday, August 04, 2014

Sierra Leone is one of three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is there and has the latest.

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All Things Considered

Minnesotans Question State's Ailing Insurance Marketplace

Monday, August 04, 2014

Minnesota spent millions on creating its health care website, and while the state's added 180,000 people to insurance coverage, some are asking whether it was worth it for the state to go it alone.

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Oxytocin Isn't Lacking In Children With Autism, Researchers Say

Monday, August 04, 2014

Since the hormone oxytocin makes people more social, it's easy to imagine it might cause the social deficits of autism. But a study found children with autism no more likely to be short of oxytocin.

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The Takeaway

Ebola: What The Medical Community is Up Against

Monday, August 04, 2014

The most recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now claimed the lives of 887 people, making it the largest Ebola outbreak ever. But what are medical professionals up against as they attempt to treat and contain this disease?

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PRI's The World

A Liberian pastor tries to stop the spread of Ebola, one house at a time

Monday, August 04, 2014

Liberian Pastor Peter Flomo has seen the effect of Ebola in his own congregation. Now he's on a mission to stop its spread with handwashing. He thinks a $15 plastic bucket filled with water and bleach may help.

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Doctor With Ebola Is Improving, As Nigeria Reports Second Case

Monday, August 04, 2014

Dr. Kent Brantly, the first person to be treated for Ebola in the U.S., arrived in Atlanta Saturday, while the outbreak in West Africa continues to spread. Nigeria says a doctor there has the virus.

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Hospitals And Health Plans See The Future Very Differently

Monday, August 04, 2014

Are we going back to the bad old days of big increases in health care spending or is the modest boost of recent years here to stay? It really depends on who you ask — insurers or hospitals.

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Morning Edition

One Step To Combat Obesity: Make Stairs More Attractive

Monday, August 04, 2014

In modern buildings, stairs are often stuck in a corner, ugly and hard to find. Now some architects want to return to the days when stairways were grand — focal points that people wanted to climb.

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Morning Edition

What Makes Us Fat: Is It Eating Too Much Or Moving Too Little?

Monday, August 04, 2014

Americans are much less active in their leisure time than they were 20 years ago; that's true even for young people. Up to half of people say they're completely sedentary. Desk jobs don't help.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Throwing Out The Rule Book in War and Life

Monday, August 04, 2014

1. 'Criminal' Acts & the Laws of War | 2. Remembering the Vietnam War's 'Lost 74' | 3. Lessons To Learn 100 Years After WWI

Algae Toxins Prompt Toledo To Ban Its Drinking Water

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The toxins' presence is blamed on algae from Lake Erie, sparking a water ban that has affected about half a million people since it was first announced this weekend.

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Obama Moves To Overhaul VA With Compromise Measure

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Two months after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, President Obama looks set to sign legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, to the tune of nearly $17 billion.

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Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Being a health worker usually isn't controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. Fatima Noor explains why she still goes door to door to immunize kids, even though she's scared.

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Two Doctors Weigh Whether To Accept Obamacare Plans

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Fears of a medical system that favors the wealthy grow as some doctors reject Affordable Care Act insurance. Insurers need to balance the need to offer consumers low rates and paying doctors enough.

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The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruit in the summer and fall. It's one part art, one part agricultural marvel.

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All Things Considered

As Ebola Death Toll Tops 700, Officials Fight To Contain Disease

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling with the ongoing outbreak. International correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton updates NPR's Eric Westervelt on the latest news about Ebola in West Africa.

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All Things Considered

Fear, Caution As Doctors Fight Ebola On The Ground

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Ebola has claimed more than 700 lives in the deadliest outbreak of the disease on record. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Monia Sayah, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders, on the difficulties of battling the disease.

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First Ebola Patient Has Arrived In U.S. From Liberia

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The first of two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia arrived in Atlanta today to begin treatment.

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Albert Camus And The Search For Meaning In The Midst Of Ebola

Saturday, August 02, 2014

An outbreak of Ebola has hit Western Africa, killing hundreds. Writer Michael Schaub recommends The Plague by Albert Camus, a novel he hasn't been able to stop thinking about since the outbreak began.

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