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Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.

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All Things Considered

American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.

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All Things Considered

In Treating Ebola, Doctors Have Only Containment, Not Yet A Cure

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.

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All Things Considered

Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A small cadre of officers is responsible for keeping America's nukes on alert 24/7. Here's a peek into their world, and what it takes to do the job.

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Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

That strong, sturdy handshake your grandpa taught you isn't the cleanest way to greet someone, scientists say. So should doctors and nurses in hospitals start bumping fists?

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Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Office Chair is Killing You

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sitting all day is really, really bad for you. Really bad. James A Levine, inventor of the treadmill desk, talks about the ways you can start to break the sitting habit. To start with: stand up every hour, on the hour.

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The Takeaway

Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record continues to spread in West Africa, claiming the lives of nearly 700 people. Part of what makes fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone so difficult is the deep-seated mistrust of the government.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ethnic Identity and Plastic Surgery

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why is plastic surgery skyrocketing among Asian-Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans? The answer has a lot to do with ethnic identity.

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Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.

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Time To 'Girl Up:' Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sure, they talk about boys. But mainly they talk about girls — and how to bring better education, health care and other opportunities to their sisters in poor and sometimes prejudicial countries.

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Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's hard not to worry about heart problems when running hard in hot weather. But heat stroke is a far bigger health risk, researchers say. Marathon organizers are trying to make races safer.

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Morning Edition

A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ray LaHood, Fighting for Rights, and the Real Dangers of Sitting

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and now co-chair of the MTA’s Reinvention Commission Ray LaHood talks about the agency’s plan to deal with more riders, climate change and other vexing problems, and how the advisory board is listening to suggestions from the public. Plus: the ongoing conflict in Gaza; the inventor of the treadmill desk explains why sitting is so bad for you and how you can get moving if you have a desk job; a lawsuit seeks to codify the right to record police officers in public places; and a look at the issues surrounding ethnic identity and plastic surgery. 

WNYC News

Fake Marijuana is Real Cause for Alarm

Monday, July 28, 2014

Officials are warning New Yorkers about the dangers of smoking synthetic marijuana.

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All Things Considered

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Monday, July 28, 2014

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

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Morning Edition

Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

Monday, July 28, 2014

The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.

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All Things Considered

Medicare's Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed

Monday, July 28, 2014

Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.

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2 Americans Catch Ebola In Liberia, As Nigeria Reports First Case

Monday, July 28, 2014

The largest Ebola outbreak in history continues to grow. There have been more than 1,200 cases reported. And the virus has likely spread to Africa's most populous city, Lagos.

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Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties

Monday, July 28, 2014

A U.S. company that supplies meat to fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a subsidiary. An expose revealed some of the products were mishandled and had expired.

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