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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Friday, February 06, 2015

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.

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Canadians Have A Right To Assisted Suicide, High Court Says

Friday, February 06, 2015

The court said the existing ban denies people the right "to make decisions concerning their bodily integrity and medical care" and leaves them "to endure intolerable suffering."

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Measles Vaccination Rates: Tanzania Does Better Than U.S.

Friday, February 06, 2015

A map from the World Health Organization reveals show something interesting: Many poor countries have higher vaccination rates than rich ones.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Fear of Vaccines

Friday, February 06, 2015

“Where is my child’s liberty if she is made sick by the freedom of someone else not to be vaccinated?” says New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter about the politics of falling inoculation numbers. Specter joins fellow staff writer Ryan Lizza and host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s Political Scene podcast to discuss the anti-vaccination movement and American hostility to science. The discuss the origins of suspicions about vaccines, the history of government responses to epidemics [http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/05/30/resistant​], the change in popular attitudes toward science during the George W. Bush Administration [http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/09/06/the-covenant], and President Obama’s inability to convince some Americans that vaccinations are safe for their children. “When he champions something, it polarizes the issue,” says Lizza. “If he says the sky is blue, people may start to question that.” ​

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Officials Predict More Measles Cases After 5 Babies Are Diagnosed In Illinois

Friday, February 06, 2015

Because the Chicago-area patients are all under a year old, they can't be vaccinated. Saying that more cases are likely, a Cook County health official warns, "The cat is out of the bag."

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TED Radio Hour

How Did An Obese City Lose A Million Pounds?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Should We Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease?

Friday, February 06, 2015

While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.

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Morning Edition

Ebola Crisis Leads To Calls To Restructure World Health Organization

Friday, February 06, 2015

The WHO's inability to quickly contain the outbreak is highlighting flaws in the agency's structure, and critics say pushing through real change will be incredibly difficult.

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Morning Edition

An Unlikely Alliance Fights HIV In The Bronx's Afro-Honduran Diaspora

Friday, February 06, 2015

Thousands of Garifuna people — Hondurans of African descent — live in New York City. A doctor there is reaching out to Garifuna faith healers to test and treat members of that community who have HIV.

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On The Media

On the Anti-Vax Non-troversy

Friday, February 06, 2015

As the measles continue to spread across the country, the anti-vaccination movement swells to mount its steed, and Bob relates the debate not at hand.

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All Things Considered

Why Is Nearsightedness Skyrocketing Among Chinese Youth?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

More than 80 percent of high school students in Shanghai are myopic. A new study finds a link between higher income and poor eyesight. But the root cause is still hotly debated.

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All Things Considered

FDA Commissioner Hamburg Grappled With Global Challenges

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says she'll leave the job at the end of March after six years in the spotlight and controversies over Plan B emergency contraception.

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On The Media

The Case for Boredom

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The podcast New Tech City has kicked off a fascinating project that anyone can join in on. And, we want you to know about it. 
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Science Friday

Hr1: Smartphone HIV Test, Lost City Exploration, Mars Rover Budget

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The SciFri Book Club discusses the Lost City of Z. Plus, a smartphone STD test, and budgets for space science.

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Science Friday

Hr2: Net Neutrality, Climate Confessions, Sea Slug Explosion, Carl Djerassi

Thursday, February 05, 2015

FCC Internet regulations, confessing climate sins, catching up on sea slug science, and remembering the father of the Pill.

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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Morning Edition

Vaccination Exemption Blamed For Measles Spread In California

Thursday, February 05, 2015

California lawmakers are proposing new limits on the ability of parents to opt out of vaccinations. It's in response to the measles outbreak that originated in that state.

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Specials

Reveal: The Day Care Violations Hidden from Parents

Thursday, February 05, 2015

In this episode of Reveal, learn about the secrecy of daycare records, public health cover-ups, a modern day boiler room scam, and the surrogacy market in Mexico.

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Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.

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All Things Considered

Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illness in the pediatric waiting room.

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