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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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Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum: Why It Might Help

Saturday, August 02, 2014

In 1995, doctors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo skimmed serum rich in antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors to treat other patients. It's a 19th century approach. Does it work?

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: A Nigerian Folk Hero, A Changing Body, and A Character Study

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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Atlanta Doctors Gear Up To Treat Two Ebola Patients

Friday, August 01, 2014

Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa are flying to Atlanta. They will be the first patients treated for the disease in the U.S. What's the risk of Ebola spreading during the transport?

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Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms

Friday, August 01, 2014

Access to lactation specialists is slowly improving in the U.S., according to a CDC survey. And that can help many women who want to breast-feed stick with it longer, health officials say.

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All Things Considered

As Ebola Outbreak Worsens, West Africa Turns To Quarantines

Friday, August 01, 2014

Leaders of the three African nations hit hardest by the Ebola virus met to discuss ways to fight the outbreak. With the situation deteriorating, it's likely more of the region will be quarantined.

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PRI's The World

Decontee Sawyer remembers the life of her husband — the first American victim of Ebola's latest outbreak

Friday, August 01, 2014

Liberian American Patrick Sawyer died this week of Ebola virus in Lagos, Nigeria. His wife, Decontee, remembers him as a passionate advocate for Liberian democracy and a man who was "bigger than life."

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How U.S. Hospitals Keep Deadly Germs Like Ebola Virus Contained

Friday, August 01, 2014

If all goes according to plan, patients with Ebola virus will soon enter the United States. How does a hospital care for critically ill patients while protecting other patients, staff and the public?

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PRI's The World

After a long journey from Africa, a new tropical disease sets up shop in Florida

Friday, August 01, 2014

A nasty tropical disease that causes extreme joint pain and can leave sufferers unable to sit up for weeks has shown up in the US for the first time. Florida health officials say at least two cases of chikungunya appear to have been transmitted by local mosquitoes, and a reporter who's been covering the story says officials fear a wider outbreak.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, August 01, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week.
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A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

Friday, August 01, 2014

After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.

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Ebola Moving Faster Than Efforts To Control It, WHO Chief Says

Friday, August 01, 2014

WHO announced a $100 million response plan to combat the spread of the virus that has killed more than 700 people. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to evacuate two Americans who have contracted Ebola.

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Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Friday, August 01, 2014

Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.

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Morning Edition

CDC Chief On West African Ebola: 'We Know What To Do, But It's Not Easy'

Friday, August 01, 2014

Renee Montagne talks with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, for the latest news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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The Takeaway

Confronting a Body Changed By Cancer

Friday, August 01, 2014

What do you see when cancer becomes a mirror for a lifetime of self-examination, self-scrutiny and self-reflection? We check in with the three women profiled in “Under Her Skin.”

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Money Talking

Expensive Prescriptions and Argentina's Default

Friday, August 01, 2014

Pharmaceutical companies are now developing drugs for so-called orphan diseases, which affect only a small sliver of the population. It sounds great, but there’s a potential problem: The cost. Plus, what Argentina's default means for the global economy.

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Ebola Patient Will Be Treated In Atlanta Hospital

Thursday, July 31, 2014

An isolation unit at Emory University's hospital will be used to treat a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 700 people in a recent outbreak in West Africa.

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