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The Risk Of Brain Injuries Shifts As Children Grow Up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

For toddlers, the risk is in taking a fall. Teenagers need to worry about car accidents, sports injuries and assault. Knowing how risks change can help prevent fatal or disabling brain injuries.

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Mali Is Worried About Ebola, Quarantines Nearly 100

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The virus appears to have taken two new victims in the West African country. The government is stepping up its quarantines and contact tracing to prevent an outbreak.

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Innovation: Smart Yoga Mat Could Help You Find Your Zen

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The SmartMat is an intelligent yoga mat that records the user's movements and makes adjustments to improve yoga practice. The creators have a prototype and plan to ship the final product in July.

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PRI's The World

A new hotline fights Ebola-related stigma against African immigrants

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ebola is still a scary, hot-button issue in the United States, and some Africans immigrants say they're being harrassed and discriminated against because of those fears. Now a web- and phone-based hotline is hoping to collect those stories and use them to fight back against unwarranted attacks.

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Training The Next Generation Of Doctors To Get LGBT Health Right

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. Med schools need to integrate LGBT health throughout training, a key group says.

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The Takeaway

Fighting Fear to Stop The Spread of Ebola

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone have jumped dramatically and the government has responded by arresting critics. Is fear one of the gravest threats in stopping the spread of Ebola? 

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The Takeaway

100,000 U.S. Nurses Go On Strike

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Around 100,000 nurses are expected to strike or protest in a "Day of Action" across the country today. Their demands? Proper Ebola equipment and training.

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Morning Edition

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.

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The Prosthetics Industry Gets A Human Touch

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The prosthetics industry is rapidly growing, allowing patients to better customize their devices, control them using their nervous system, and even regain a sense of touch.

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Medicare Poised To Cover CT Scans To Screen For Lung Cancer

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To qualify for coverage, patients would have to first meet with a doctor to talk through the pros and cons of scans, which involve a low-dose of radiation.

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All Things Considered

Surprise Medical Bills: ER Is In Network, But Doctor Isn't

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Jennifer Hopper's husband was hit in the eye with a baseball, she rushed him to a hospital she knew was within their insurance plan. Then the ER doctor sent her an extra bill for more than $700.

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A Dysentery Sample From A WWI Soldier Sheds Light On Drug Resistance

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A British Army private died of dysentery 99 years ago. A sample of the bug that killed him may help researchers develop a vaccine for this antibiotic-resistant disease, a top killer of young kids.

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All Things Considered

Affordable Care Act Has Many Political And Legal Challenges Ahead

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The federal health exchange website is live this week for window shopping and people will begin to purchase new health insurance there on Saturday. But the Affordable Care Act still has many political and legal challenges ahead.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dr. Craig Spencer is Now Ebola-Free

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dr. Craig Spencer, the doctor who contracted Ebola after working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, is now Ebola-free and will be released from Bellevue Hospital today. 

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A Glimmer Of Hope In The Fight Against Hunger In America

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The number of Americans struggling to afford food has remained stuck near recession-era highs. But a recent Gallup poll suggests things may be starting to get back on track for some.

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The Burden Of Colon Cancer Shifts From Rich To Poor

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rates of colorectal cancer have dropped nationally, thanks to better screening. But people who don't have access to health care are more likely to miss out on screening, and face increased risk.

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How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Do people with Ebola actually cry tears of blood? What happens if the U.S. Army thinks you might have Ebola? We catch up with science writer David Quammen to discuss truths and myths about the virus.

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Pay Attention To The Health Insurance Calendar To Avoid Surprises

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Consumers can sign up for health insurance through the online marketplaces anytime from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. But waiting can trigger medical bills and the health law's penalties.

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Trouble Swallowing Pills? Try The 'Pop Bottle' Or The 'Lean Forward'

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One-third of people have trouble downing pills, and many skip taking medications as a result. A researcher in Germany says that two techniques help. Really? We tested them ourselves to find out.

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Morning Edition

Medical Experts Look For New Ways To Test Ebola Drugs

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Can you run a clinical trial without a placebo group? That's one of the questions facing researchers in West Africa.

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