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Can A New Ban On Witchcraft Protect The Albinos Of Tanzania?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Media reports this week said the Tanzanian government was going to go after "witch doctors" who attack albinos. But what, exactly, is a "witch doctor"? And why are they targeting people with albinism?

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A Weight-Loss Device Aims To Curb Hunger By Zapping A Nerve

Friday, January 16, 2015

A surgically implanted device similar to a pacemaker gained FDA approval after showing some weight loss in people who are obese. But people in a study who had sham devices lost weight, too.

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Pope, On Visit To Philippines, Defends Catholic Ban On Contraception

Friday, January 16, 2015

Francis, on the second day of his visit to the predominately Catholic nation, called for families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life."

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Morning Edition

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Your Cuba Travel Guide, The Best of the Web, and the End of Power

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Takeaway looks at tourism in Cuba, we dish on the best five things online this week, and we dive into a new book that shot to fame after Mark Zuckerberg chose it for his book club.

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Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Thursday, January 15, 2015

California is seen as an Obamacare success story. But tens of thousands of people in the northern part of the state have only one insurer available on the health plan exchange.

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All Things Considered

WHO Report Details Why Ebola Hit West Africa So Hard

Thursday, January 15, 2015

On Thursday, the World Health Organization released a 14-chapter analysis of the Ebola epidemic.

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14 Takeaways From The 14-Part WHO Report On Ebola

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Angry mobs that targeted health workers. A single funeral that infected 365 people. No isolation wards in Liberia. These are some of the striking points in WHO's new analysis.

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This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Pretty Wimpy, But Can Still Help

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The vaccine is only about 23 percent effective against the dominant flu strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's because the strain mutated slightly.

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Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dr. Leana Wen decided to leave frontline medical care to tend to the city of Baltimore's health needs. Geography and circumstance shouldn't determine someone's health destiny, she says.

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Science Friday

STEM, Planet Rotation, Sea Turtle Navigation, Smartphones, and Sleep

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ira and guests explore why some planets stop rotating, how turning off your smartphone can help you sleep better, and how sea turtles navigate using their sense of magnetism.

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Science Friday

Cybersecurity, Synthetic Speech, Book Club Hunts Lost Cities

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look at the science behind your digital assistant’s voice. Plus, what’s at stake when cyber-security is compromised, and the SciFri Book Club goes in search of lost cities.

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Prediction: All Predictions About Ebola Are Unpredictable

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A million cases by the end of 2014. On the wane in Guinea in August. Coming soon to every major U.S. city. Predictions about Ebola frequently don't come true — and there's a reason for that.

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Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

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We Lie About What We Eat, And It's Messing Up Science

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Humans are notoriously bad at remembering exactly how much we eat and exercise, yet researchers often ask. A new paper says self-reported data have skewed hundreds of studies and must be discontinued.

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Control, Eliminate, Eradicate A Disease: What's The Difference?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We've eradicated smallpox. But we can only hope to control malaria. A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explains how disease fighters set and pursue their goals.

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Morning Edition

From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.

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The Takeaway

President Carter Calls Modern Warfare the Enemy of Fighting Disease

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

During the Sudanese Civil War, Jimmy Carter helped negotiate a ceasefire in order to eradicate Guinea worm. He spoke to John Hockenberry about where disease-fighting efforts stand today.

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Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Community groups getting federal funds to reduce hospital readmissions made improvements, an early evaluation finds. The experiment will run for five years.

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Working Longer Hours Can Mean Drinking More

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Working more than 48 hours a week makes risky drinking more likely, a study of people in 14 countries finds. And that held true for rich and poor, men and women.

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