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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

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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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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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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Morning Edition

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.

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All Things Considered

Colorectal Cancer Cases Are Dropping — Except Among Young Adults

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The number of Americans getting and dying from colorectal cancer has been dropping steadily except for one group — younger adults.

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Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teenagers may not need as much face-to-face interaction as earlier generations to feel connected. And that may explain why a study finds they're not feeling as lonely, either.

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If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A decision against subsidies would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are backbone of the Affordable Care Act.

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Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ebola has made it harder for the prostitutes who issue a come-hither "hiss" along Lumley Beach. Customers are hard to find, pay is down, and, like everyone, the women are scared of the deadly virus.

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PRI's The World

An epidemiologist in Monrovia describes hazmat training — from hand washing to elbow bumps

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For those fighting Ebola on the front lines, personal protective equipment — those infamous hazmat suits — are both necessary and cumbersome. According to epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell, healthcare workers struggle to work around the limitations of that equipment — while taking a host of other precautions.

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The Takeaway

School Lunch in Oregon Depends a Lot on Where You Live

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving vacation, many students look forward to a break from school lunch. And in Oregon, what kids get differs a lot between urban and rural schools. 

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Patient Safety Journal Finds Violations, Tightens Standards After Scandal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kickback allegations against its former editor prompted the Journal of Patient Safety to review his writings and adopt new rules for disclosing commercial conflicts of interest.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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