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Sneak Peek At The Ebola Diaries: A Doctor Opens Her Heart, Journal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

For six weeks, American doctor blogged almost every day while volunteering at an Ebola treatment center. Her writings offer a rare look into a world we've only gotten glimpses of.

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All Things Considered

Even 'Proper' Technique Exposes Nurses' Spines To Dangerous Forces

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What exactly is happening to nurses' backs when they move and lift patients? NPR's Daniel Zwerdling teamed with scientists for a high-tech look inside his own back as he tried the same maneuvers.

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All Things Considered

New Dietary Guidelines May Lighten Caution Against Cholesterol

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New dietary advice is on its way. A panel of top experts — appointed by the federal government — is expected to update recommendations on what we should be eating. And one thing on the mind of the panel is dietary cholesterol. Americans have been told for decades to limit cholesterol-rich foods, but advice may be changing.

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All Things Considered

The U.S. Helped Beat Back Ebola — Only Not In The Way You Might Think

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The deployment of troops to build treatment centers and train health workers didn't pan out as planned. But as most of the troops are being withdrawn, it is clear the U.S. still made a difference.

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Living Cancer

What Causes Breast Cancer? These Mothers and Daughters May Hold a Clue

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Many things raise the risk for cancer, including exposure to various toxins and radiation. But our knowledge about the range of chemicals that can trigger cancer is limited.

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Panel Says Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is A Disease, And Renames It

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Systemic exertion intolerance disease" might not fall trippingly off the tongue, but an Institute of Medicine panel says it better matches the symptoms. The disease, they say, is real.

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Kayla Mueller's Death Underscores Risks For Aid Workers Abroad

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Humanitarian groups say the world is more dangerous than it was 15 years ago. How can they keep their staff safe in places of turmoil?

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The Takeaway

Controversy and Asbestos in Nevada

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Two geoscientists and an epidemiologist found cause for concern in Nevada: A high incidence of asbestos, and a high incidence of mesothelioma. Why is the state blocking their research?

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WNYC News

What Causes Breast Cancer? These Mothers and Daughters May Hold a Clue

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Researchers are looking into whether in utero chemical exposure may be linked to breast cancers in women like Jenny Singleton.

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Morning Edition

White House Reaches Out To Uninsured Americans, Jarrett Says

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The deadline to sign up for health coverage for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act is Sunday. Renee Montagne talks to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett about the looming deadline.

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Morning Edition

What Causes Breast Cancer? These Families Want To Help Find Out

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Many things raise the risk for cancer, including exposure to various toxins and radiation. But our knowledge about the range of chemicals and compounds that can trigger cancer is limited.

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Know Your Exposure: A Cancer Quiz

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Throughout life we are subjected to many things that can affect our risk for developing cancer. Take our quiz to learn more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding the Causes of Cancer

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

An epidemiologist is looking into environmental chemical exposure as a possible cause of cancer. We hear about her research and the latest understanding of where cancer comes from.

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Radiolab

Reckoning With End of Life Care

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Listen to Jad and producer Sean Cole discuss the chasm between the end-of-life care doctors want for themselves and the care end-of-life patients often receive, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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WNYC News

Pregnant, With Cancer

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When Mary Harris was diagnosed with breast cancer, she gave up on having a second child. Then she found out she was pregnant.

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All Things Considered

When It's Hard To Get A Vaccine Exemption, More Kids Get Shots

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Robert Siegel speaks to Emory University epidemiologist Dr. Saad Omer about his research into state laws covering non-medical vaccine exemptions.

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All Things Considered

Texas Insurance Brokers Play Bigger Obamacare Role

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Despite an uneasy relationship to the health law, insurance brokers are touting their expertise and helping Texans sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance.

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All Things Considered

Pregnant With Cancer: One Woman's Journey

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mary Harris found out she was pregnant the day before she had scheduled surgery for breast cancer. It turns out there is limited data on how chemotherapy during pregnancy affects a baby.

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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Margaret Bentley, a woman in British Columbia, didn't want food or liquids if she became mentally disabled. But a nursing home is refusing to stop feeding her, even though she has Alzheimer's.

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Living Cancer

Changing Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A leading researcher in immunotherapy and one of his patients discuss the treatment and how it could radically change cancer treatment.

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