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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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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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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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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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WNYC News

West Nile Virus Plan Could Help Fight Chikungunya

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New York health officials say they're prepared to adapt plans designed to fight West Nile Virus if they must combat chikungunya.

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As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It will take at least three to six months to contain the largest Ebola outbreak in history, the health agency says. Fifty-seven people have died in four days, raising the death toll to 729.

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PRI's The World

A Liberian describes the hard reality of Ebola: 'You're running even from people you love'

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The ebola crisis has so overwhelmed some hospitals in Liberia, that patients are being treated in their homes. Markets in border areas are being closed, as well as schools. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown says the country's frightened health care workers need counseling.

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WNYC News

Women Are Getting More Concussions and Researchers Don't Know Why

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Traumatic brain injury rates are rising for women, and researchers say they don't have enough data to find the cause.

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All Things Considered

Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

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