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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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Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being A Life Saver

Friday, December 05, 2014

In countries like India, where vaccine records are kept on paper, kids often miss a dose — with potentially fatal results. Now some Yale students have come up with a high-tech (and cheap) solution.

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What If Sharing Your MRI Was As Simple As Pinterest?

Friday, December 05, 2014

Why is it that you can share photos so easily online but you can't get a doctor to upload your MRI? An experiment to let patients see and share their scans gets rave reviews from early adopters.

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The Takeaway

Reporting From The Front Lines of The Ebola Crisis

Friday, December 05, 2014

On The Media Host and Managing Editor Brooke Gladstone shares the perspective of journalists in Liberia who have covered the Ebola crisis from the very beginning.

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Morning Edition

Caring For AIDS Patients, 'When No One Else Would'

Friday, December 05, 2014

Ruth Coker Burks has no medical training but has spent decades caring for people with AIDS. "I've buried over 40 people in my family's cemetery," she says, "because their families didn't want them."

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