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NYC's Health Commissioner on #BlackLivesMatter

Friday, February 20, 2015

NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett talks about her piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, where she writes about #BlackLivesMatter and racial injustices in public health.

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All Things Considered

Why The 'Nightmare Superbug' Isn't As Scary As It Sounds

Friday, February 20, 2015

The "nightmare superbug" that contributed to two deaths in California isn't as scary as it sounds. But the outbreak does highlight a growing problem with drug-resistant germs.

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15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

Friday, February 20, 2015

The test is as simple as a pregnancy test. So it could help health workers find and stop new outbreaks more quickly. But it doesn't catch every case and still requires some lab equipment.

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Have Big-Box Superstores Helped To Make Us Fat?

Friday, February 20, 2015

A study argues that the density of restaurants and large-scale food retailers in parts of the U.S. has been a major factor in the rise of obesity. But some see it as a "chicken and egg" problem.

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The Takeaway

CDC Director on America's Battle Against Deadly 'Superbugs'

Friday, February 20, 2015

Drug-resistant bacteria kills at least 23,000 patients in the U.S. each year. The director of the CDC discusses the Obama Administration's measure to combat this growing problem.

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Dissolving Contact Lenses Could Make Eye Drops Disappear

Friday, February 20, 2015

Eye drops are unpleasant, and they don't do a great job of delivering medication to the eye. A superthin wafer that slowly dispenses medication and then dissolves is a promising replacement.

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Life After Ebola: What It Takes For A Village To Be Resilient

Friday, February 20, 2015

Some think of resilience as a solo act. But the villagers of Barkedu are helping each other move forward in the wake of tragedy. Psychologist Jack Saul shares insights into "community resilience."

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Why Some States Want To Legalize Raw Milk Sales

Friday, February 20, 2015

Selling unpasteurized milk across state lines is illegal because it poses a threat to public health. But raw milk sales are growing nonetheless. Legalization would let states regulate a risky market.

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Administration Grants Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

Friday, February 20, 2015

There will be a special insurance enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for people to use HealthCare.gov if they discover they owe a penalty for not having coverage when filling out their taxes.

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UCLA Outbreak Highlights Challenge Of Curbing Infections

Friday, February 20, 2015

The lethal bacteria that sickened people at a Los Angeles hospital belong to one of three types the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospitals should most urgently monitor and prevent.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?

Friday, February 20, 2015

When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke.

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TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She has spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human.

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TED Radio Hour

How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts.

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Life After Death

Friday, February 20, 2015

The world is starting to forget about Ebola. The village of Barkedu can't.

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Morning Edition

Panel Recommends More Fruits And Vegetables, Less Meat And Sugar

Friday, February 20, 2015

A panel of top nutrition experts is recommending that Americans adopt a more plant-based diet and eat less meat and sugar. The panel also weighed-in on cholesterol and caffeine.

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Morning Edition

The World Could Be On The Verge Of Losing A Powerful Malaria Drug

Friday, February 20, 2015

Malaria parasites in Myanmar are learning how to fend off the incredibly effective drug called artemisinin. That could cause a lot of problems there — and beyond.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Deadly Superbugs, The Best of The Web, and Audio Porn

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the director of the CDC about drug-resistant bacteria, we look at the hidden treasures you missed online this week, and we explore the rise of audio porn.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Net Neutrality; NYC Health Commissioner; Cricket World Cup

Friday, February 20, 2015

The FCC votes soon on net neutrality; NYC's Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett on #BlackLives Matter; the anniversary of Malcolm X's death; vaccine skeptics & the Cricket World Cup.

Why California's Superbug Outbreak Isn't As Scary As It Seems

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The outbreak of drug-thwarting bacteria that contributed to the deaths of two patients at a UCLA hospital isn't likely to spread further, doctors say. Still, drug resistance is trouble nationwide.

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All Things Considered

Air Force Reservists Say Agent Orange Residue Damaged Their Health

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The planes used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam weren't retired from service — they were used by reservists in the U.S. for more than a decade after the war, exposing the crews to harmful chemicals.

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