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Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

Friday, July 25, 2014

On Thursday, a psychiatric patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital outside Philadelphia, killing a caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist returned fire with a gun of his own, injuring the gunman. Both patient and psychiatrist survived the gun fight.

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All Things Considered

Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, has begun to exhibit symptoms of the disease. For more details on the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Daniel G. Bausch, a colleague of Khan's and an associate professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the Cost of Vaccines Is Soaring

Friday, July 25, 2014

The cost of vaccines has gone from single digits to sometimes triple digits per shot in the last 20 years. How did such a basic element of healthcare become so cost-prohibitive for doctors and patients — and so lucrative for manufacturers?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shedding Light

Friday, July 25, 2014

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal looks at why vaccines are getting more expensive. Filmmaker Dan Krauss tells the story of Specialist Adam Winfield, an infantryman in Afghanistan who tried to alert the military to serious war crimes being committed by members of his platoon. We’ll talk to a family that founded an East-Indian music Academy in Queens that’s taught over 7,000 students. Plus, Please Explain looks at sunburn and all the other ways the sun can damage skin—and how to protect it!

The Leonard Lopate Show

What the Sun Does to Your Skin

Friday, July 25, 2014

There really isn’t such a thing as a healthy tan. Here's what's happening to your skin under all that sun — and how to protect yourself.

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UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thursday, July 24, 2014

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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All Things Considered

For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.

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U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Eight years after the FDA approved the first vaccine against HPV, only 57 percent of female teens and 35 percent of male teens have been inoculated, the CDC says. Are doctors partly to blame?

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This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The head-to-toe protective gear is designed to prevent Ebola from infecting health care workers, yet some do contract the disease. It's not the suit's fault. It's likely a case of human error.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Argument for Leaving Your Kid at a Park

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The jailing of a South Carolina mom for leaving her child unsupervised in a park sparked a fierce debate about the responsibility of parents. Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, has long argued for greater independence and unsupervised outdoor play for children.

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Science Friday

Oarfish: The Ultimate Fish Tale

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.

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Science Friday

‘Moth-ers’ Celebrate Less-Loved Lepidopterans

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elena Tartaglia, a co-founder of National Moth Week, gives tips on spotting butterflies' neglected cousins.

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Science Friday

HIV/AIDS Update

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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Science Friday

What’s the Real Cost of Your Steak?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.

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Science Friday

The SciFri Book Club Introduces Dune

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.

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Science Friday

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Raise Public Health Concern

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.

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Science Friday

New Online Tracking Tool Evades Privacy Settings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A new online tracker is snooping on visitors to over 5,600 popular sites—and it's nearly impossible to block.

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Science Friday

A Newly Discovered Virus That Lives in Our Gut

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Researchers discovered a virus that lives in the gut of half of the world’s population.

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All Things Considered

Do Heat-Sensitive Inmates Have A Right To Air Conditioning?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jails and prisons without air conditioning can be uncomfortable for both prisoners and guards. But for inmates with health conditions that make them heat-sensitive, hot cells can pose serious risks.

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