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Morning Edition

Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

There is no cure for Ebola. But doctors are able to treat the virus successfully, raising hope that the outbreak that began in West Africa in March will eventually be brought under control.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hot Days and Heated Issues

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We've been pretty lucky this summer — there haven't been many dog days — but we can't expect that to last. Today, a discussion about heat: What it does to our body and brain, how climate change will affect our society and day-to-day life, how artists visually interpret heat, and your anecdotes about growing up in hot cultures. Plus: New York City's response to immigration in the face of inaction by Congress, and a discussion about responses — immediately from first responders, and afterwards from community leaders — after the death of Eric Garner.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Aggressive Propaganda, The Realities of Breast Cancer, and Outdoor Play as Medicine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

1. In Russia, Propaganda Mounts Around MH17 Crash | 2. 'Under Her Skin': The Realities of Breast Cancer | 3. Could Jimmy Carter's Grandson Unseat a Governor? | 4. Doctors Prescribe New Medicine For Kids: Go Outside

The Leonard Lopate Show

Why We Hang on to Too Much Stuff

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We’ll take a look at the psychology behind hoarding and how we can learn to purge what we don’t need and live with less. Michael Rossato-Bennett on his documentary “Alive Inside,” about the healing power of music. He’ll be joined by Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, who uses music to treat Alzheimer’s patients. We’ll find out about how the things Marlon Brando read, collected, and cared about influenced his performances. Ian Gordon, editor at Mother Jones magazine, on what happens to the unaccompanied child immigrants who are sent back home after they’ve crossed into the United States.

The Takeaway

Women with Breast Cancer, Trying to Find Their Way Back to 'Normal'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

African-American women with a breast cancer diagnosis face particularly difficult odds. Three black women fighting the disease document their experiences through audio diaries.

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Experimental Cocktail May Speed Up Cure Of Drug-Resistant TB

Monday, July 21, 2014

Over the past few decades, tuberculosis has evolved into dangerous forms that can't be killed by traditional antibiotics. But there's a new weapon in the pipeline to wipe out the deadly infection.

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Hospital Settles Lawsuit By Thousands Of Women Over Exam Photos

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women.

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WNYC News

Health Workers' Union Wins Right to Organize Clinics

Monday, July 21, 2014

As important as wages, health benefits and pension were to SEIU-1199, an even bigger victory could be winning the right to add healthcare workers to a union that is widely considered one of the most powerful forces in city and state politics.

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All Things Considered

What The Odds Fail To Capture When A Health Crisis Hits

Monday, July 21, 2014

Making health decisions based on the odds can be an extremely difficult thing to do when you're a patient, even for people who study the science of how we make decisions.

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High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health

Monday, July 21, 2014

People who graduate from high school are healthier than people who drop out. To find out why, researchers looked at whether students who got into top charter schools were avoiding health risks.

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The Takeaway

Combating Alzheimer's With Music

Monday, July 21, 2014

Who do we become when we can no longer remember our own pasts? Could something as simple as music be a saving grace for the more than 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's? 

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WNYC News

Side Effects and Stigma Keep Minorities from HIV Treatment

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's easy to get a prescription for HIV and AIDS medication in New York. But when you're scared of the treatment and what people might think, the hard part is asking for one.

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Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thousands of children in Ethiopia suffer from scoliosis so severe that humps grow from their backs. After two spinal surgeries, one little boy now hopes he'll be able to play soccer with his friends.

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Morning Edition

Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's been tough to identify the problems that only turn up after medicines are on the market. An experimental project is now combing through data to get earlier, more accurate warnings.

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As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Science writer Chris Solomon tells NPR's Arun Rath that global warming has caused an influx of new diseases in animals that could eventually spread to humans.

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Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is killing dozens by the week. Medical workers have responded by expanding a field hospital, taking extraordinary measures to contain infection.

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A Nasty Weed May Have Helped Ancient Humans Keep Their Teeth

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Archaeologists have found that for a period of about 7,000 years, people were eating a weed that may have helped them avoid cavities. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on July 16.)

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A YouTube Video Is Doctor's Secret Weapon Against Back Pain

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back pain is common. Nearly all of us have at least one episode in our lives, and two-thirds of us will have it repeatedly. Exercise, though it may seem counterintuitive, is often the best medicine.

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As New York Embraces HIV-Preventing Pill, Some Voice Doubts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is supporting the drug Truvada as part of the state's ambitious plan to fight AIDS. But some advocates worry it will encourage risky behavior or won't reach the most vulnerable.

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White House Fetes 54 Kids With Serious Cooking Chops

Friday, July 18, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama hosted winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a recipe contest for kids tied to her Let's Move Campaign. But Friday's event wasn't all cheerleading for healthy food.

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