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Cancer Patients And Doctors Struggle To Predict Survival

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

After being diagnosed with cancer, the first question people have is, "How long do I have?" Doctors usually overestimate the time, and patients often don't understand it's a range, not one number.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Medicine's Struggle, Veterans on Film, and The Curse of Beauty

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the struggle to provide end-of-life care, we explore how veterans are portrayed in Hollywood, and we discuss the unfortunate importance of beauty.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Balancing Hope and Realism in Cancer Prognosis

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Studies show cancer patients retain less than half of the information the doctor gives them in a prognosis. So how can doctors do a better job of communicating? 

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Better Bath Rituals Is One Way Bangladesh Is Saving Its Newborns

Monday, February 09, 2015

Babies need a lot of help. And they don't always get it in low- and middle-income countries, where child mortality rates are high. A Bangladeshi doctor tells how his country is making strides.

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All Things Considered

In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

Monday, February 09, 2015

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders.

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Living Cancer

Prostate Cancer Survival Divides White & Black Men

Monday, February 09, 2015

Black men are more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to die from prostate cancer. A former patient and a doctor treating prostate cancer explains why.

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WNYC News

For One Child, a Miracle Cancer Drug Is Hard to Come By

Monday, February 09, 2015

Kathy Liu thought she’d found a drug that could cure her 10-year-old son. There was only one problem: she couldn’t get it.

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Son's Rare Cancer Leads Family On Quest For Cure

Monday, February 09, 2015

When a child falls ill with cancer, many of the drugs that might help are either experimental or unapproved for use in kids.

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The Takeaway

5 Things to Know About Dr. Atul Gawande

Monday, February 09, 2015

Tomorrow, The Takeaway will interview Boston-area surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande. Here are a few interesting about the doctor that you might not know.

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Living Cancer

Harnessing Immune System to Fight Cancer

Monday, February 09, 2015

An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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Living Cancer

Son's Rare Cancer Leads Family On Quest For Cure

Monday, February 09, 2015

When a child falls ill with cancer, many of the drugs that might help are either experimental or unapproved for use in kids.

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PRI's The World

How France used fashion to spread the message to vaccinate

Monday, February 09, 2015

In the 18th century, King Louis XVI underwent a highly controversial medical procedure: smallpox inoculation. To commemorate his new immunity, milliners in France concocted a new fashion. A historian says we need a gimmick like that today to help us through a measles outbreak.

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PRI's The World

Spreading my father's ashes on the Ganges felt like a link across the globe and across generations

Monday, February 09, 2015

"What I felt on the Ganges," says Atul Gawande, the surgeon and author of Being Mortal, "was he had brought us there and connected himself to all that was important to him, but he was connecting us as well."

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WNYC News

Who is Still Signing up for ObamaCare in Newark?

Monday, February 09, 2015

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New Jersey Public Radio teamed up with New Jersey Citizen Action to host an Obamacare enrollment fair in Newark. Several who enrolled had gone years without any health coverage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Don't Worry About The Germs On The Subway

Monday, February 09, 2015

There's a new map showing the pathogens and bacteria in the subway system. We talk about what the research found - like the bubonic plague and meningitis - and why it's okay.

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Time's 'Person Of The Year' Is Feeling Kinda Lost

Monday, February 09, 2015

A newly returned "Ebola fighter" tells why she didn't feel like a hero when she got back. Instead, she felt lost, beset by Ebola dreams and virtually a prisoner in her own home.

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WNYC News

Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Monday, February 09, 2015

In the first part of a special NPR/WNYC series “Living Cancer,” we look at how an experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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Morning Edition

Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Monday, February 09, 2015

Our immune systems fight off disease, protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Brian Williams, The 2015 Grammys, and Ideas of Beauty

Monday, February 09, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the controversy surrounding news anchor Brian Williams, we explore what the Grammy Awards got right and wrong, and we ask the question: What is beauty?

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Prostate Cancer Survival Divides White & Black Men

Monday, February 09, 2015

Black men are more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to die from prostate cancer. A former patient and a doctor treating prostate cancer explain why.

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