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Disabled Vermont Woman Who Led Class-Action Suit Sues Medicare Again

Monday, October 27, 2014

A legally blind woman who has led a fight to make Medicare pay for care even when patients' medical conditions don't improve is in court to get Medicare payment for her own home care.

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U.N. Ambassador Goes To Sierra Leone For Closer Look At Ebola Crisis

Monday, October 27, 2014

Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the U.N., is on a multi-nation swing through West Africa to see how the global response to the deadly virus is faring.

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The Red Cross Is Using Text Messaging To Take Down Ebola

Monday, October 27, 2014

Working with the government, the Red Cross sends 2 million texts a month to people in Sierra Leone, reminding them to wash their hands, take their temperature and protect themselves from Ebola.

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Morning Edition

Ebola Teams Train To Respond To New U.S. Cases At A Moment's Notice

Monday, October 27, 2014

The CDC and Pentagon are both training "go-teams" that can be on the ground within days of an Ebola diagnosis in the U.S. Team members learn about containing infection and dealing with the stress, but it's unclear how these crews will work with each other.

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Morning Edition

Corneal Implants Might Make Reading Glasses Obsolete

Monday, October 27, 2014

For most people, the need for reading glasses is as inevitable as gray hair and wrinkles. Companies are experimenting with corneal implants to improve the ability to focus close up.

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Morning Edition

Controversy Brews Over States' Moves To Quarantine Health Workers

Monday, October 27, 2014

New York and New Jersey are ordering that all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit nations to be quarantined at home upon their return. But federal officials say the mandate will likely have a chilling effect on the already troubled effort to recruit U.S. health care workers to fight the epidemic.

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Morning Edition

In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

Monday, October 27, 2014

When patient and doctor don't speak the same language, it's not enough to have an ad hoc interpreter. You need an adult fluent in both languages — who can also cut through medical jargon.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Softens Tone on Ebola Quarantine Policy

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Following criticism from the White House, health officials and disease experts, Gov. Cuomo clarified New York's quarantine plan for travelers returning from Ebola-ravaged countries.

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N.Y., N.J. Say Quarantine Will Keep Some People At Home, Not At Hospitals

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that individuals who may have been exposed to Ebola will be required to remain at home for three weeks. New Jersey said it, too, would allow home quarantine.

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All Things Considered

From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"When I first saw him he had a little bit of eye movement and that was really the only way he could communicate," says Eric Sellers, who helped a patient use a brain-computer interface to communicate.

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Christie Defends Quarantine And Jabs At CDC Over Ebola

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dr. Anthony Fauci, leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, disagrees, says the quarantine could hamper efforts to combat the deadly outbreak in West Africa.

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WNYC News

Senior U.S. Public Health Official Slams NJ/NY Ebola Quarantine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

An expert in communicable diseases says Christie's and Cuomo's policy will dissuade aid workers from traveling abroad to help block the outbreak at its source.

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Fresh From Appalachia: Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

As alternative medical treatments gain traction in the U.S. and the demand for Chinese herbs grows, farmers in Appalachia are responding.

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Nurse Criticizes Quarantine After Negative Ebola Test, Hires Lawyer

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Kaci Hickox says she doesn't have a fever; a preliminary blood test came back negative for Ebola. She reportedly hired a civil rights attorney to work for her release Sunday.

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Mother-Daughter Procedures, And Other Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Renee Zellweger's new look provoked much conversation this past week. Data journalist Mona Chalabi of fivethirtyeight.com digs into who is having cosmetic procedures, why, and at what cost.

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A Doctor's Diary: Encountering Chaos And Kindness In An Ebola Ward

Sunday, October 26, 2014

One patient told infectious disease physician Nahid Bhadelia, "I am nobody." After 12 days in Sierra Leone, caring for the sick, she couldn't disagree more.

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All Things Considered

Producer's Notebook: Coming Home From Monrovia To Confusion And Fear

Saturday, October 25, 2014

As Liberians fight Ebola, Americans struggle with fear of the disease.

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All Things Considered

In Liberia, How To Gear For Ebola Still An Issue

Saturday, October 25, 2014

This week, the CDC issued new guidelines on the protective gear health care workers should wear while treating Ebola patients. But there's still debate in Liberia about what is the proper personal protective equipment.

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Health Care Worker Tests Negative For Ebola In NJ, Stays In Quarantine

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The woman was isolated Friday as she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. She had no symptoms of the disease; she developed a fever and was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Peter Hubbard is one of 20 volunteers in a human safety test of an experimental Ebola vaccine. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about why he signed up and how he has been feeling.

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