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Forget Facebook, Abandon Instagram, Move To A Village

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

People who live in a traditional village — that means a community of about 150 people — are far better off than the rest of us. The author of a new book explains "the village effect."

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Morning Edition

Panic In The Parking Lot: A Hospital Sees Its First Ebola Case

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It was June. Joshua Mugele, an American ER doc, was working at a Liberian hospital when the first Ebola patient came in. No one was prepared. Yet the terrified staff took great risks to treat the man.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Ebola Panic, The Catholic Church, and Turkey's Fight Against ISIS

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Takeaway explores America's hysteria in the face of Ebola, a possible breakthrough for the Catholic Church, and the fight for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

All Things Considered

In Dallas, Many Lessons Learned From First Ebola Case

Monday, October 13, 2014

When the second patient was diagnosed, health officials quickly reacted with reverse 911 calls, door-to-door distribution of Ebola fact sheets and quicker decontamination processes.

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All Things Considered

The Spreading Enterovirus Is Different Than Previous Years' Strains

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hundreds of children across the U.S. have been sickened by a respiratory illness caused by a virus known as enterovirus D68. Some of the patients have experienced paralysis of limbs.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Hospitals Redouble Efforts To Prep For Ebola

Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Ebola infection in Dallas has raised some concern among nurses and other health workers in hospitals around the country who worry they may not be equipped to deal with the crisis.

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The Takeaway

Ebola Fears Follow Doctor Home from Liberia

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dr. Adam C. Levine is back in Boston. He joins us from the studios of WGBH to reflect on Ebola in Liberia, and how some of the fears around the virus seem to have followed him home.

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Ebola Screening At JFK Airport Flagged 91 Travelers; None Had Virus

Monday, October 13, 2014

In the wake of the first case of Ebola being contracted in the U.S., CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden discusses plans to stop the disease and apologizes for an implication some saw in his remarks Sunday.

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The Takeaway

A Breakthrough for Alzheimer's Treatment

Monday, October 13, 2014

A new report reveals that some of the barriers to Alzheimer's research may have been surmounted thanks to a team at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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The Takeaway

Ebola: A Critical Test For Dallas

Monday, October 13, 2014

The city of Dallas, Texas again finds itself at the center of an epidemic that once seemed a world away.

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A Polar Bear Might Keep The Measles Away, But Shots Work Better

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sophie Blackall, illustrator of the best-selling Ivy and Bean books, has enlisted her heroines in the effort to eradicate measles. They decide that a shot is more practical than moving to the moon.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Beyond "Safe, Legal and Rare"

Monday, October 13, 2014

Katha Pollitt argues for reframing the discussion on abortion rights as a social good and a normal part of women's reproductive health

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Morning Edition

'Breach In Protocol" Suspected In 2nd Texas Ebola Case

Monday, October 13, 2014

The first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. has led to the first transmission of Ebola from one person to another in this country. It happened in Dallas where Thomas Duncan was being treated.

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Morning Edition

On Front Lines Against Ebola, Training A Matter Of Life Or Death

Monday, October 13, 2014

At least 7,000 health care workers are needed to staff new Ebola treatment centers in Liberia alone. Those doctors, nurses and hygienists must learn how to protect themselves — and how not to panic.

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Morning Edition

In Hopes Of Fixing Faulty Genes, One Scientist Starts With The Basics

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jennifer Doudna used to worry that her science wasn't doing anything important. Then some basic research led her team to a discovery that could one day be crucial in healing some genetic diseases.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Seeds of the Financial Crisis; David Sedaris; Letitia James

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Sedaris; Public Advocate Letitia James; effective leaders, not great presidents; 1999: the repeal of Glass-Steagall; and Katha Pollitt on abortion.

WNYC News

With New Ebola Case in Dallas, Health Officials Try to Reassure New Yorkers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The city's health commissioner reiterated on Sunday night that NYC has yet to see an Ebola case.

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All Things Considered

Liberian Singers Use The Power Of Music To Raise Ebola Awareness

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Early on in the epidemic, the government and aid agencies commissioned songs that just ended up terrifying people. But the newer songs on the radio are catchy and danceable — as well as informative.

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WNYC News

Comptroller: City Too Slow on Rat Complaints

Sunday, October 12, 2014

WNYC
Comptroller Stringer released an audit that urges health officials to improve how it addresses rat complaints.

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Slippery When Coated: Helping Medical Devices Prevent Blood Clots

Sunday, October 12, 2014

When blood flows over an artificial surface, whether it's an implanted pacemaker or tubing for a dialysis machine, there's an increased risk that a dangerous clot will form.

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