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HIV Continues to Drop in NYC, But Pockets Resist Progress

Monday, December 01, 2014

The good news: a 25-percent decline from 2009-2013. The bad news: an uptick in drug-resistant strains and a drop in partner notification and testing.

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Morning Edition

Broken Hips: Preventing A Fall Can Save Your Life

Monday, December 01, 2014

Twenty percent of people who fall and break a hip after age 50 die within a year, and women are at greatest risk. But you can reduce the odds of falling. Here's how.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The College Gap, The Return of Star Wars, and Challenging the One Percent

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Takeaway explores the graduation gap between people of different races, we examine the new Star Wars Film, and a member of the 1 percent weighs in on the income gap.

The Takeaway

U.S. May Change Blood Donor Policy for Gay & Bi-Sexual Men

Monday, December 01, 2014

For the first time, a U.S. advisory panel is poised to recommend that the 31-year ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood be revised.

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All Things Considered

Campaign Rallies Resume In Liberia, Raising Uncertainty Over Ebola Risk

Sunday, November 30, 2014

In Liberia's capital, Ebola precautions are easing and people are gathering again in crowds to hear speeches for upcoming elections. But some say it's too early for Liberia to let its guard down.

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Workers Brave Militant Attacks To Vaccinate For Polio

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Those who vaccinate children in Pakistan risk their lives. Correspondent Philip Reeves tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the Taliban is gunning down health workers, who are suspected of being spies.

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For Some Uninsured, Simply Signing Up Is A Challenge

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and has a monstrous commute. There's no wiggle room in his budget to pay a health insurance premium — and no time even to meet with an enrollment counselor.

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School District Pays For Health Care But Can't Get Itemized Bill

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Large employers like the Miami-Dade school district pay for employees' health insurance, but are often forbidden from knowing how much providers charge and insurers pay for care.

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Why The ER Doctor Asks Patients What's Happening At Home

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Some people would argue that the emergency room isn't the right place to deal with patients' personal problems. But the ills that lead people to seek care are often tied to their challenging lives.

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What Should You Do If A Fly Gets Into Your Anti-Ebola Goggles?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Under ordinary circumstances, you'd swat that pesky fly. But the problems of daily life take on monumental scale in an Ebola treatment unit. Here's a guide to dilemmas and solutions.

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BackStory

WEB EXTRA - Radiation in the Milk! From "Health Nuts"

Friday, November 28, 2014

With the American History Guys

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Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sure as the season, some toys that turn up on the most-popular lists are also considered a safety hazard. So best to skip the LED crossbow, eye doctors say.

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Test Your Medical Smarts: Does This Patient Have Ebola?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Patient X arrives. She ran a fever. Now it's gone. But she has diarrhea. Should you test for the virus or not? That's the kind of case history presented to health workers heading to West Africa.

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Morning Edition

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Adolescence Is Like Driving a Sports Car with Bad Brakes

Friday, November 28, 2014

The teenage brain is like a car with a "great accelerator but bad brakes," says psychologist Dr. Laurence Steinberg, and we need to change the way we teach and parent teens.

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Science Friday

Does Your Genome Belong to Your Family, Too?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Should doctors share information about your risky genes with your family, since they, too, might harbor that suspect DNA sequence?

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Science Friday

An Art Movement Where Art and Science Collide

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In the new art movement “art-sci,” artists take inspiration from science, use scientific techniques in their artwork, and inspire new science.

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Science Friday

Ig Nobel Prizes Salute Science’s Strange and Silly

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In a Science Friday holiday tradition, we’re playing highlights from this year’s 24th First Annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony.

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Your Adult Siblings May Be The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties we have, and they're among the most likely to bring health and happiness as we age. Think on that when your brother grabs the wishbone.

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Morning Edition

School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The average woman in Niger bears seven children — the world's highest birth rate. And the country can barely feed its current population. How do you convince people that smaller families are better?

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