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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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Gluten-Free Craze Is Boon And Bane For Those With Celiac Disease

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Many people who don't have celiac disease have ditched gluten, thinking it will improve their health. That's created more dining options — and more derision — for those with the autoimmune disorder.

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Morning Edition

Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Obamacare provided billions in seed money to help establish insurance companies called co-ops. One of the biggest has now gone under, and its state overseer is telling clients to switch carriers.

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WNYC News

Legionnaires' Disease Found at Co-op City; Eight Sickened

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Eight of the Bronx's 12 cases of Legionnaires' disease since December were found in Co-op City.

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How Do We Grow To Like The Foods We Once Hated?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A psychologist says we have to be taught to like chili pepper and other foods we may initially dislike. The experience of eating it often somehow converts what's an aversion to a preference, he says.

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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.

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'Watch Out, Guinea Worm, Here Comes Jimmy Carter'

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Those words were written on a poster that greeted the former president on a visit to Nigeria. His Carter Center has vowed to wipe out the nasty worm. And right now we're down to 126 cases.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But Science Can Help

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When your friends say it's time to stop wallowing in despair and move on, you can say that reflecting on a recent breakup can speed recovery. Oh, and maybe some Taylor Swift.

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