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A Case Of Mistaken Identity Sends Healthy Boy To An Ebola Ward

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

An ambulance in Sierra Leone is sent out to pick up a suspected patient. But after two wrong turns and several stops for directions, it arrives at the home of a 14-year-old boy with no signs of Ebola.

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Morning Edition

'Ebola Must Go' — And So Must Prejudice Against Survivors

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Liberia has started a campaign to get communities more involved in stopping Ebola. But even in the town handpicked to launch the campaign, a family of survivors has been ostracized.

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Morning Edition

Mistaken Identities Plague Lab Work With Human Cells

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

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WNYC News

New York Tries to Fight Its Way Out of a Plastic Bag

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Each New Yorker uses 3.2 plastic bags a day, every day, on average. Can a 10-cent fee change that?

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Morning Edition

Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

An NPR probe finds many nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients — despite FDA warnings — but only 2 percent of excessive-medication cases result in penalties.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Is Down, But Not Out, In Liberia

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ten to 12 new cases are reported daily, primarily around the capital and outlying areas. On Monday, Liberia's president announced an initiative, Ebola Must Go, that focuses on getting communities more involved in anti-Ebola measures.

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Ebola Cases Are Down, So Should Liberians Stop Worrying?

Monday, December 08, 2014

The country is now reporting fewer than 100 new cases each week. But the CDC's chief there says Liberia must stay alert and not allow the presence of Ebola to become a new norm.

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Despite Decline, Elective Early Births Remain A Medicaid Problem

Monday, December 08, 2014

The rate for early elective delivery for women covered by Medicaid has fallen since 2007. Still, the early births remain common and are a potential source of health trouble for mothers and babies.

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Ebola, Schmebola — You Still Have To Look Good!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Liberians aren't letting a brutal epidemic put a crimp in their amazing sense of fashion. The streets are still full of stylish folks, because as the local saying goes, "Looking good is business."

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When A Stray Dog's In Trouble, Katmandu's Canine Rescuers Jump To It

Monday, December 08, 2014

The city is home to some 20,000 strays. They roam the streets, they beg for food, they howl and fight at night and they often need medical help.

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Doctors Are Slow To Adopt Changes In Breast Cancer Treatment

Monday, December 08, 2014

There's not much evidence that radiation increases survival in older women with early-stage breast cancer, but doctors are still prescribing it. It can be hard to get doctors to change protocols.

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Morning Edition

Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

Monday, December 08, 2014

When Bob Smithson could no longer breathe on his own and surgeons wanted to operate, his doctor decided to take a chance on a different treatment. That decision gave Bob another chance at life.

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Morning Edition

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Monday, December 08, 2014

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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Morning Edition

When It Comes To Day Care, Parents Want All Children Vaccinated

Monday, December 08, 2014

Parents have strong opinions about vaccination, a poll of parents done by the University of Michigan finds. Most want day care centers to require that children are up to date on their shots.

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The Decreasing Loneliness Of The Indian Long-Distance Runner

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Our India correspondent used to say she'd only run if a tiger were chasing her. Now she's a jogger in New Delhi — and finds that many former non-runners are joining her in parks and in races.

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If Slow Is Good For Food, Why Not Medicine?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Industrialized medical care drives up costs and leaves doctors and patients frazzled. Now some doctors are trying a more deliberate and mindful approach to the practice of medicine.

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Idris Elba Plays A Soccer Coach Out To Crush Ebola In New Ad Campaign

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The British actor and a group of African soccer stars have teamed up with the CDC in a new public health campaign. The message: Ebola "is not an ordinary game. This is life or death."

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Delivering Health Care To The Uninsured For $15 A Pop

Friday, December 05, 2014

How do you get dental care or new glasses when you don't have insurance and you live hours from medical facilities? Usually, you don't. A documentary tells the story of a group trying to change that.

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All Things Considered

Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas

Friday, December 05, 2014

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf hopes to have no new Ebola cases by Dec. 25. But with the virus popping up in remote places and crossing over from neighboring countries, the battle is far from over.

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Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

Friday, December 05, 2014

When GMO-free cereals landed in supermarkets, some vitamins had mysteriously vanished from them. But these vitamins don't necessarily come from genetically altered organisms.

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