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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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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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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 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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BackStory

First Person

Friday, July 18, 2014

With the American History Guys

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Joep Lange, Who Died On Flight MH17, Changed The Way We Fight AIDS

Friday, July 18, 2014

He was a passenger on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight. Those who knew researcher and activist Joep Lange say he was a giant in the battle against AIDS — and truly "a scientist with a heart."

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Health Safety Experts Call For Public Reporting Of Medical Harms

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fifteen years after a landmark report called attention to the deaths and injuries caused by medical errors, safety experts told a Senate panel that more needs to be done to protect patients.

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An 'Overhappy' Survivor, A Guarded Forecast: Reporting On Ebola

Friday, July 18, 2014

An Ebola survivor ran to the front of the room where community health workers were meeting in Sierra Leone. Everyone applauded. It was a moment of joy in a grim time.

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Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

Friday, July 18, 2014

Soylent, the offbeat meal replacement company, has built an online community of more than 18,000 users. But some are impatient to get their orders, so they're making and selling it themselves.

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From Twitter: The News Unfolds Of The AIDS Figures On Flight MH17

Friday, July 18, 2014

A number of AIDS researchers, activists and officials were on Flight MH17, headed to the International AIDS Conference when the plane was shot out of the sky. Here's how Twitter spread the news.

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Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

Friday, July 18, 2014

Many clinics closed because of a new requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain admitting privileges at hospitals near the clinics. Many doctors couldn't comply.

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Morning Edition

Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches

Friday, July 18, 2014

The mishaps mean federal scientists need to "take a hard look" at all federal research on deadly pathogens and make sure, in each case, that the benefits justify risks, says Dr. Tom Frieden.

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On The Media

Truvada

Friday, July 18, 2014

Truvada is a drug that, taken daily, has been show to prevent HIV infection by as much as 99 percent. Like the polio vaccine, or like the birth control pill, it's a medical breakthrough worthy of massive coverage. Why hasn't there been? Brooke speaks to Rich Juzwiak, a Gawker staff writer, about the drug and what’s holding it back in the media.

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On The Media

A Breakthrough HIV Drug, Chronicling Gun Violence, and SIMS

Friday, July 18, 2014

How a pill called Truvada is changing the face of gay sex, reporting on every gun death in America, and why Central Americans continue to make the perilous journey north. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Grow and Use Herbs

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nurture them, eat them, preserve them, freeze them — you can even use herbs to ward off mosquitoes or slow E. coli. All your herb questions answered, including some you didn't know you had.

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WNYC News

LIRR Deal Reflects National Trends on Health Care

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WNYC

Workers will start paying a portion of their salaries for health care premiums for the first time.

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