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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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Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease.

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Science Friday

Creature Double Feature

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Witness two tales that will make your skin crawl and your mind reel with fear and curiosity.

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Science Friday

A Haunted House Turned Scientists’ Lab

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scientists turn Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse into a real-world lab to discover why some brains thrive on fear.

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Science Friday

Doctors ‘Unwrap’ a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Radiologists use CT scans to piece together the life, and death, of Egyptian mummies.

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Science Friday

Scientists Sniff Smelly Comet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected the scent of a comet...and it stinks.

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Science Friday

Ebola Vaccines Fast-Tracked As Outbreak Slows

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jon Cohen, a staff writer covering the outbreak for Science magazine, says that despite the vaccines’ success in monkeys, their efficacy in humans is far from guaranteed.

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Science Friday

Could This 3-D Printer Print Itself?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This week, HP announced its new 3-D printer, which it claims can print materials strong enough to lift up a car—and do it 10 times faster than anything on the market today.

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Science Friday

Behind the Monster Music: Why Some Tunes Scare Us

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis discuss the neuroscience of spooky songs.

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Science Friday

Countering Memory Loss With Cocoa Compounds

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Researchers try to counteract age-related memory decline with cocoa flavanols.

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What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A young doctor put on a protective suit so he could examine a man who might be sick with SARS. It was hard to tell who was more frightened: the doctor or the patient.

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The Takeaway

From Addiction to Champion: Lessons From a High School Coach

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coach Martin Jacobson kicked his heroin habit and managed to stay off by playing soccer. It changed his life, he says, and now he's helping young New Yorkers to stay on track in school.

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Why It's OK To Worry About Ebola, And What's Truly Scary

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Public health officials are telling us not to freak out about Ebola in the United States. But fear is what motivates people to protect themselves from danger. When should we worry?

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