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Doing the Math for Obamacare, Year Two

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Three New Yorkers who signed up for coverage this past year will need to read the fine print if they want to maintain their coverage and contain costs.

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India Quarantines Ebola Survivor Because Of Infectious Semen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ebola can linger in semen for months after a person recovers from the disease. So survivors are typically given condoms and a stern warning. But India is being more cautious.

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All Things Considered

Aid Groups See A Drop-Off In U.S. Health Volunteers To Fight Ebola

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

International aid groups say the decline in volunteers is due to quarantine restrictions imposed by New York and New Jersey.

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All Things Considered

Americans Think Ebola Is A Top Health Care Problem

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A new poll shows Ebola is the one of the top health concerns of Americans, below access to health care and affordable health care. Robert Siegel talks to Frank Newport, editor in chief at Gallup.

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Outreach Workers Look For Gains In Second Year Of Obamacare

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Montana and Georgia both have minority populations whom health advocates hope to enroll for coverage. But advocates also fear that many in those communities won't qualify for subsidized coverage.

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All Things Considered

Dangerous Deliveries: Ebola Leaves Moms And Babies Without Care

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When a pregnant woman catches Ebola, the fetus and amniotic fluid are flooded with the virus. The ripple effects of these dangerous deliveries could be more catastrophic than Ebola itself.

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Measles Still Kills 400 Kids A Day — And It May Be Making A Comeback

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The global fight against the disease has stalled, says the World Health Organization. The recession gets some of the blame. And so does the anti-vaccine movement.

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PRI's The World

An epidemiologist suggests we take cues from the AIDS crisis in dealing with Ebola

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

While it may seem as though media attention surrounding the Ebola outbreak has dwindled, President Barack Obama has said that "we are nowhere near out of the woods yet in West Africa" — meaning volunteers are still needed. Physician and epidemiologist Sharon McDonnell is one of those volunteers, and she says her experience working during the AIDS crisis offers her some perspective.

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More States Adopt Laws To Ease Access To Experimental Treatments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

While several states have approved so-called right-to-try measures that aim to give patients with life-threatening illnesses access to unapproved drugs, drugmakers don't have to comply.

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Morning Edition

Native Americans Urged To Sign Up For Private Insurance

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The second round of buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges has started. Health officials say Native Americans may have much to gain by buying insurance there.

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WNYC News

The Costs Behind Obamacare's Curtain

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has given rise to some surprising cost increases beyond premiums and deductibles.

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Morning Edition

Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Physicians have been warning for years about a coming shortage of primary care doctors. But others say primary care teams that include other types of health workers might fill the gap better.

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Morning Edition

Guarding The Ebola Border

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ivory Coast is determined to keep Ebola out. The government shut down the border, and enlisted local villagers to serve as informal border security.

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For Babies, Preterm Birth Is Now The No. 1 Cause Of Death

Monday, November 17, 2014

For the first time, the single greatest threat to a newborn's life is not a specific disease. Rather, it's the fact of being born prematurely.

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Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.

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All Things Considered

Mourners Gather To Remember Surgeon Who Died Of Ebola

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dr. Martin Salia — a surgeon for several hospitals in Sierra Leone — has died of Ebola at the Nebraska Medical Center after being evacuated to the U.S.

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All Things Considered

The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle

Monday, November 17, 2014

A South African teenager got tired of waiting in the clinic for his grandparents' HIV meds. So he came up with a solution. All it took was a bicycle.

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All Things Considered

Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.

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In California, That MRI Will Cost You $255 — Or Maybe $6,221

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's almost impossible to comparison shop for medical tests and procedures. A crowdsourcing experiment by two NPR member stations in California is aimed at making those numbers less mysterious.

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Why Sterilization Is The Most Popular Form Of Family Planning

Monday, November 17, 2014

The tragic news from India of women dying after being sterilized is not the norm. More than 200 million women a year rely on this procedure. Under proper conditions, complications are minimal.

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