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Guinea Is Seeing More Ebola Cases: Can The Trend Be Stopped?

Friday, November 07, 2014

The country where the outbreak began is now seeing an uptick in the number of new patients. Marc Poncin of Doctors Without Borders explains why — and what's being done to bring things under control.

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Morning Edition

How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

Friday, November 07, 2014

The U.S. government has stopped some experiments with dangerous viruses, saying the risks need to be reconsidered. Key work in one scientist's lab has been halted.

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Studio 360

VD on the Radio

Friday, November 07, 2014

How public health officials of the 1940s turned to the biggest stars of the day to help fight the scourge of syphilis and other STDs.

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All Things Considered

Flu Season Brings Stronger Vaccines And Revised Advice

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Health officials estimate that every flu season, 1 in 5 Americans will get the bug. This year, changes in flu vaccines and in federal guidelines could help those most susceptible to the virus.

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WNYC News

FEMA to Give NYC's Public Hospitals $1.6 Billion in Sandy Aid

Thursday, November 06, 2014

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Four public hospitals are slated to receive the "largest single upfront" payment in FEMA history. 

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Fresh Air

In Liberia, Ebola Makes 'Pariahs' Out Of The Sick, Says NYT Reporter

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Helene Cooper grew up in Liberia and still has family there. Reporting on the disease last month, she says when she saw a sick, little boy get out of an ambulance, she "completely lost it."

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Science Friday

Apple Science, From American Beauty to Zestar

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Between new crosses and old heritage varieties, there’s a world of apples beyond the Red Delicious.

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Science Friday

Opening Up the Synthetic Biology Toolkit

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Synthetic biologist Christopher Voigt and biotechnologist Stephen Streatfield discuss current trends in synthetic biology.

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Science Friday

Spilling Our Guts: Decreased Diversity in the Human Microbiome

Thursday, November 06, 2014

How can hospital stays and the evolution from apes to humans change the diversity of our microbiome?

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Science Friday

George Washington Carver: Renaissance Man

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Carver was a painter, singer, and piano teacher, taught farmers the virtues of crop rotation, and developed hundreds of recipes for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans.

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Science Friday

Piecing Together the Puzzle of Insect Evolution

Thursday, November 06, 2014

One hundred researchers studied 144 insect species to fill in the blanks of insects’ evolutionary history.

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Science Friday

U.S. High-Speed Internet Lags Behind on Price, Cost

Thursday, November 06, 2014

For less than $40 a month, residents of Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bucharest, and Paris can enjoy lightning-fast Internet download and upload speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

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Fewer Babies Are Born Prematurely, But Many Still Suffer

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The rate of premature births in the United States has dropped to 11 percent, showing continued progress in preventing the risks of prematurity. But there are big disparities among the states.

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If You Think You'll Never See A Poem About Malaria, You're Wrong

Thursday, November 06, 2014

In a new collection, a mixed martial arts fighter-turned-poet exposes the social and medical challenges caused by malaria in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Sideline Robot Helps Trainers Spot Football Concussions

Thursday, November 06, 2014

It's common for some clinics in rural America to consult medical specialists by video for difficult cases. Dartmouth is testing a robot that connects trainers to a neurologist who is miles away.

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WNYC News

When We Quarantine — And When We Don't

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Around 10,000 Americans have tuberculosis, including hundreds in the metro area. Almost all are closely monitored. Only a handful are forcefully quarantined.

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Ebola Cases Seen Declining In Liberia, WHO Says In New Update

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

There are currently 13,042 confirmed or suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in six countries, the World Health Organization says.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg's Cash Didn't Hurt

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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A Veteran AIDS Activist Has Déjà Vu From Ebola Panic

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Activist Gregg Gonsalves issues a call to action in an essay in this week's New England Journal of Medicine: "Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic's Lessons for Ebola."

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All Things Considered

U.S. Military Response To Ebola Gains Momentum In Liberia

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The number of U.S. troops fighting Ebola in West Africa is set to increase dramatically this month, and the first two field hospitals erected by U.S. troops in Liberia will open in the coming days.

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