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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Friday, February 06, 2015

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.

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All Things Considered

FDA Commissioner Hamburg Grappled With Global Challenges

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says she'll leave the job at the end of March after six years in the spotlight and controversies over Plan B emergency contraception.

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Pain And Suffering At Life's End Are Getting Worse, Not Better

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Despite considerable effort to improve care for people who are dying, more people are reporting pain and depression, a study finds. Medical treatments that lengthen the process may be one reason.

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Morning Edition

A Boy Who Had Cancer Faces Measles Risk From The Unvaccinated

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The father of a young child who had leukemia has a plea for other parents: Please vaccinate your children because people with compromised immune systems, including his son, can't be vaccinated.

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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.

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Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop smoking if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

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App Links Sex Assault Survivors To Help, But Who Downloads It?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The D.C.-based smartphone tool connects people with a ride to the hospital and a team of medical professionals trained in dealing with sexual assault. But students aren't rushing to download the app.

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

Thursday, January 22, 2015

People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.

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Parents Who Shun Vaccines Tend To Cluster, Boosting Children's Risk

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated live near others who do the same, a study finds. That increases the risk that children will become infected, even if they've had their shots.

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All Things Considered

The City Might Not Be To Blame For High Asthma Rates

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Children who live in cities in the Northeast are much more likely to have asthma. But a wider look finds that poor children in the suburbs are at high risk, too.

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Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dr. Leana Wen decided to leave frontline medical care to tend to the city of Baltimore's health needs. Geography and circumstance shouldn't determine someone's health destiny, she says.

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Measles Makes An Unwelcome Visit To Disneyland

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An outbreak among visitors to two California theme parks shows once again that this supercontagious virus doesn't respect borders. Most of the afflicted people had not been vaccinated.

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Morning Edition

Addiction Patients Overwhelm Vermont's Expanded Treatment Programs

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last year, Gov. Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address to Vermont's opiate addiction problem. Since then it has expanded treatment, but doctors say demand is outpacing services.

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All Things Considered

A Restraining Order Can Be Just A Videoconference Away

Monday, January 05, 2015

A New Jersey hospital has partnered with local courts to protect injured victims of domestic violence. A videoconferencing system lets patients file for restraining orders from their hospital beds.

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Morning Edition

Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

Thursday, January 01, 2015

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.

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Using Both Quit Lines And Websites Helps Smokers Stop

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Every state offers quit lines and other aids to help smokers end the habit. Using both telephone and online aids works best, a study finds.

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Morning Edition

Traffic Stops Persuade People To Avoid Drinking And Driving

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Everyone knows it's dangerous to drink and drive, but a lot of people still do it. Strict enforcement of traffic laws makes it less likely that people will get behind the wheel when soused.

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Being Thin Doesn't Spare Asian-Americans From Diabetes Risk

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Guidelines just out from the American Diabetes Association say Asian-Americans with a typically healthy body mass index can still be running a substantial risk for developing diabetes.

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Morning Edition

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

Monday, December 22, 2014

Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.

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