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All Things Considered

CDC Director: 'Unfortunately, I'm Not Surprised' By Measles' Rise

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Robert Siegel talks to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and the government's response.

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Would You Eat At A Restaurant That Skipped The Hand-Washing?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Apparently, making restaurant workers wash their hands before exiting the bathroom is a sign of regulation gone overboard. At least that's what Republican Sen. Thom Tillis suggested on Monday.

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Hospitals Fail To Protect Nursing Staff From Becoming Patients

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Nursing employees suffer 35,000 back and other injuries nearly every year. But many career-ending injuries could be prevented if hospitals brought in new technology and taught "safe patient handling."

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Most People Getting Measles Are Adults. Time For A Shot?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Though much of the emphasis in this measles outbreak has been on children, most of the people getting sick are adults. That has more than a few grownups wondering if they're vulnerable.

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PRI's The World

A Nigerian satirist takes a sobering approach to measles, Ebola

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

His humble proposal to screen Americans traveling to Africa for measles has been widely supported on Twitter. He explains why he wrote it and says the world has a ''one-dimensional narrative'' toward Africa.

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Does Binge-Watching Make Us Depressed? Good Question

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Recent headlines make it sound like just because we watched a few episodes last night, we're depressed and lonely. OK, more than a few. But the science on binge-watching is just getting started.

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Cooking 101: Stanford Adds Healthy Eating Skills To The Curriculum

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

With help from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Stanford University is launching a cooking program to teach students the basics of choosing groceries, cooking and eating healthy.

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New Clues To Mysterious Kidney Disease Afflicting Sugar Cane Workers

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What's causing the ailment that has struck 20,000 farmhands in Nicaragua and El Salvador? Pesticides? Alcoholism? Rat pee spreading an infection? A study from Boston University provides some answers.

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The Takeaway

Obama Proposes Radical Overhaul of Nation’s Food Safety Operations

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

President Obama is proposing a radical overhaul of the country’s food safety operations. We look at our current system and whether it's ever likely to change.

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PRI's The World

Vancouver combats heroin by giving its addicts the best smack in the world

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Heroin has been a major problem in Vancouver for decades. To battle it, the city has launched a new program that provides serious addicts pure heroin three times a day. Is that actually a good idea?

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The Takeaway

How Fraud & Lazy Science Led Us to Vaccine Madness

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

A study linking autism to vaccines was debunked and retracted but the perception it created lives on. The journalist who exposed the faulty science weighs in.

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Morning Edition

House Votes Again To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Tuesday's vote gave House Republican freshmen their first chance at repealing the law, and this is the first full repeal vote since millions of Americans signed up for coverage under the program.

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WNYC News

Religious Schools Lead the Vaccine Opt-Out List

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

In dozens of schools around metropolitan New York, more than 10 percent of students are unvaccinated for measles.

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Morning Edition

Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Juniper Russo wants what is best for her daughter Vivian, and she sometimes questions mainstream medicine. But after three years of soul searching, she decided what was best was vaccination.

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The Longest Shortest Time

Healing After Childbirth

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

One brave listener shares her story of giving up on pain-free sex after a childbirth injury; one pelvic floor expert tells us why she doesn't have to.

The Brian Lehrer Show

The UK is Ready for Three-Parent Babies

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

What about the U.S.? After a vote yesterday to legalize the reproductive technology in the UK, we talk about the science and ethical concerns over three-parent babies.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A New Wild, Vaccine Madness, and A Changing Narrative

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new series about Earth and the natural environment, we explore the anti-vaccine movement, and Tavi Gevinson joins us for a conversation about women online.

White Potato Redux: Experts Say Spuds Are Not Nutritional Duds

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

An expert panel says white potatoes "contribute useful quantities of potassium and fiber" to our diets. Reversing itself, the panel says spuds should be included in WIC, a food aid program.

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All Things Considered

Science Of Vaccines Is Settled — But Politics Are More Complicated

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Should kids get the measles vaccine or should parents be given a choice? Potential 2016 presidential candidates weigh in, and their views are all over the place.

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PRI's The World

A Nigerian writer mocks US disease concern, saying that Africa should screen Americans for measles

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The wildly popular tweet was aimed at a nation that stigmatized all Africans during the Ebola outbreak. While the US government recommends all its citizens get inoculations, including one for measles, many states allow exemptions for personal or philosophical concerns. Immigrants, however, don't enjoy that choice.

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