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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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Science Friday

Science Goes to the Movies: ‘The Imitation Game’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the Alan Turing biopic.

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Science Friday

Moving Ice May Mean More Melting for Greenland

Thursday, December 18, 2014

By 2060, Greenland’s seasonal “supraglacial” lakes will double in number and move farther inland.

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Science Friday

Does Mars Have What It Takes to Support Life?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NASA’s Curiosity rover finds evidence of methane and organics on the Red Planet.

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Science Friday

Weighing In on the ‘Good Carb, Bad Carb’ Debate

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Curbing “high glycemic” carbs may not benefit healthy eaters.

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Science Friday

Under the Influence of Beer Foam

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A team of fluid mechanics researchers at Princeton University dive into the anti-sloshing physics of foam.

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Science Friday

Scientists Speak Out About Attacks on Science

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bioengineer John Dabiri and conservation biologist Terrie Williams, two targets of Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 “Wastebook” look beyond the caricatures painted by politicians and pundits to tell the story of their research.

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Science Friday

Making Space a More Democratic Place

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What if anyone could 3-D-print a satellite in space? Or jet from the Earth to the Moon, using just the hydrogen found in a two-liter bottle of water?

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Death Comes In Many Different Ways. And Some Are A Bit Surprising

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A new report looks at the top causes of death in 188 countries. Infectious diseases are less of a threat than in 1990 — but please, look both ways before you cross the street.

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California Whooping Cough Infections Run High Among Latino Babies

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public health officials in California are trying to understand why Latino babies are contracting whooping cough at much higher rates than other babies.

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The Takeaway

The Health Concerns Behind NY's Fracking Ban

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited public health risks when he announced a ban on fracking in the state yesterday. We take a closer look at the research on the health effects of fracking.

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Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public health has a way of slipping off the radar when people aren't scared about Ebola or anthrax. But that doesn't mean the threats go away. And most states aren't prepared for the next one.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Just getting a measles vaccine to a child in Pakistan was once an impossible dream. Despite many obstacles, health workers have made great progress in stopping infectious diseases.

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All Things Considered

Dreaming Up A Safer, Cooler PPE For Ebola Fighters

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are revamping the Ebola suit. They've come up with a design that's safer, cooler and easier to take off than the space suits currently in use in West Africa.

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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What are the odds that you'll get a false positive when you get a mammogram? How likely is it that it will detect cancer? Here's one way to look at it.

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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

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PRI's The World

Pigs' feet and roasted ginger made my traditional postpartum month off

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Chinese tradition, women who give birth are supposed to spend a month indoors with their new babies. It's not easy to follow that tradition here in the US, but one second-generation Chinese American woman in New York City did savor one part of the tradition — special foods made by her mother-in-law.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Morning Edition

Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.

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