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Biking & Ebola: Nurse Starts National Debate

Friday, October 31, 2014

There's likely to be a legal fight about nurse Kaci Hickox's choice to emerge from quarantine for a bike ride in Maine. But was her decision unethical?

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The Takeaway

Experiencing Breast Cancer From a Distance

Friday, October 31, 2014

The friends and family members of the women of "Under Her Skin" share what it's been like to watch their loved ones battle breast cancer.

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Seeing Red During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 31, 2014

Decades of effort to raise awareness of breast cancer hasn't helped to reduce the death toll once it spreads. One woman living with metastatic breast cancer says it's way past time for a change.

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Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear

Friday, October 31, 2014

Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The History of Medical Quarantines, and What That Could Mean For Americans Today

Friday, October 31, 2014

On this week's Please Explain, we are talking about the history of and medical and legal guidelines for quarantines.

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Maine Judge Rejects State's Bid To Restrict Nurse's Movements

Friday, October 31, 2014

The request by state officials would have compelled Kaci Hickox, who shows no symptoms of Ebola, to isolate herself until Nov. 10.

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Morning Edition

Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Friday, October 31, 2014

Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.

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Morning Edition

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

Friday, October 31, 2014

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.

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Morning Edition

Look Here: Phone App Checks Photos For Eye Disease

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bryan Shaw showed it was possible to detect early signs of eye cancer from a family photo album. Now, he and his research team have made an iPhone app.

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WNYC News

JFK and Newark FAQ for Flying in from the Ebola Zone

Friday, October 31, 2014

If you're trying to avoid a state-ordered quarantine on your way back from West Africa, here's what you need to know. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Cancer From a Distance, Defying Authority, and Rethinking School Sports

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Takeaway explores what it's like to a loved one battle breast cancer, we examine Kaci Hickox's Ebola quarantine defiance, and question the value of school sports.

Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Understanding Contagion

Thursday, October 30, 2014

“The Administration should be faulted for giving mixed signals” about Ebola, the New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman says on this week’s Political Scene podcast. Groopman joins host Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how panic and misinformation have clouded the response to the virus in the U.S. so far, and what we should and should not worry about when it comes to this and other contagions. They examine the confusion over state versus federal quarantine policies, the evolution of the C.D.C’s guidelines, and the lessons that we can learn from the current outbreak. They also explore how epidemics have historically led to stigmas against vulnerable minority groups, and why Obama has a responsibility to emphasize the humanistic imperative to combat Ebola. Groopman says, “The President should state quite clearly that Americans are a compassionate and caring people, and that we take care of our own and, when we have the opportunity, we take care of others.”

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Awful Moments In Quarantine History: Remember Typhoid Mary?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quarantines have been imposed on the sick and contagious for thousands of years. We look at the use — and abuse — of this strategy to stop the spread of disease.

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All Things Considered

Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

Thursday, October 30, 2014

One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.

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So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.

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All Things Considered

Nurse Kaci Hickox Takes A Bike Ride, Defying Maine's Quarantine

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hickox, who returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, tested negative for Ebola upon her return, and she has no symptoms — so she says she poses no threat to the public.

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All Things Considered

Is It Legal To Quarantine Someone Who's Not Sick?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

State and local governments have the legal authority to impose mandatory quarantines. But law experts are debating whether some states' new Ebola quarantine policies may be stepping over the line.

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Medicare Concedes, Agrees To Pay For Woman's Home Health Care

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A 78-year-old Vermont woman has won the latest skirmish in her long-running battle with Medicare. The agency agreed to pay for home health care coverage even though she remains disabled.

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WNYC News

Filmmaker Returns to West Africa to Bear Witness to Ebola

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Public health researcher Janet Tobias is joining her film crew in Liberia and Sierra Leone for the next few months.

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