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Ebola In Remote Liberia, Through The Eyes Of A Local Health Worker

Monday, November 24, 2014

Amid hopeful news from Liberia of dwindling numbers of Ebola cases, an outbreak of the disease started late last month in a remote part of the country. Health worker Lorenzo Dorr gives us an update.

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Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine

Monday, November 24, 2014

The experimental NewLink vaccine is based on a harmless virus that has been genetically engineered to incorporate bits of the Ebola virus. Testing of the vaccine has begun in healthy volunteers.

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Morning Edition

Upfront Costs Of Going Digital Overwhelm Some Doctors

Monday, November 24, 2014

Physicians with small practices may be especially hard hit by federal regulations that aim to bring doctoring into the digital age in 2015.

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Morning Edition

Africa Inspires A Health Care Experiment In New York

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dr. Prabhjot Singh lives and works in Harlem, a neighborhood plagued by chronic disease. He thinks an African model of health care can help — training people in the community to be health educators.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Gatekeeper: 'When The Tears Stop, You Continue The Work'

Sunday, November 23, 2014

At the height of the Ebola outbreak in Monrovia, one woman stood at the gates of a hospital, turning away patient after patient. The hospital had 100 beds for Ebola patients; all of them were full.

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All Things Considered

Ebola: Then And Now

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Much about what we know about Ebola was discovered in an outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976. Joel Breman and Karl Johnson were among the first doctors to work on the outbreak.

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All Things Considered

Countering The 8-Hour Sleep Schedule

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Many assume that sleeping 8 or 9 consecutive hours at night is instinctual. But in a recent essay in Aeon, Karen Emslie says that this sleep schedule is in fact distinctly modern.

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Anesthesia Miracle: No Power, No Oxygen Tanks, No Problem

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Frustrated by anesthesia machines that conked out when the power faltered, Dr. Paul Fenton came up with a solution: The Universal Anesthesia Machine.

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ebola has made us all obsessed with body temperature. 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal, right? But what about 98.2? Or 99? And how high and low can you go on the thermometer and survive?

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Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Friday, November 21, 2014

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

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All Things Considered

An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

Friday, November 21, 2014

Staff members at a clinic in Sierra Leone were told to minimize treatments and expect few survivors. But they refused to follow that plan and came up with a safe way to boost the survival rate.

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All Things Considered

Georgia's 'Coverage Gap' Leaves Many Uninsured

Friday, November 21, 2014

The state did not expand Medicaid so many of their target audience — African-Americans and Latinos — may make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to get subsidies.

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To Stay Energy Efficient As You Age, Keep On Running

Friday, November 21, 2014

People in their 60s who run for exercise use energy as efficiently as much younger people. That wasn't true for older people who walked instead.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Gay Talese; Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee; Anne Lamott

Friday, November 21, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Gay Talese on the Verrazano's 50th; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee; and author Anne Lamott.
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In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee

Friday, November 21, 2014

People in the LGBT community often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. But the problems aren't unique to them. Doesn't everyone want to have a doctor call them by their preferred name?

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The 2 Things That Rarely Happen After A Medical Mistake

Friday, November 21, 2014

When patients are harmed by a medical error, they rarely are told about it or given an apology, according to a study based on ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

Friday, November 21, 2014

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

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Morning Edition

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

Friday, November 21, 2014

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

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All Things Considered

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 1 in 3 adults drinks excessively. That means eight or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks a week for men.

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