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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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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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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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Morning Edition

Emory Hospital Shares Lessons Learned On Ebola Care

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The same Atlanta hospital that treated the first U.S. Ebola patient in August discharged its fourth patient Tuesday. All survived. Patients in isolation need extra emotional support, the team says.

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All Things Considered

New York's Disease Detectives Hit The Street In Search Of Ebola

Monday, October 27, 2014

When a New York City doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, the epidemiologists knew just what to do: search the city for potential contacts.It's a gig they perform daily with far more contagious diseases.

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For Hospitals, Doing More On Ebola May Mean Less Elsewhere

Friday, October 24, 2014

The majority of hospitals are training their staff to care for Ebola patients, a survey finds. But infection control specialists say that can mean losing the capacity to handle more common infections.

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In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

Friday, October 24, 2014

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

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What To Do When The CDC Orders You To Check For Ebola Symptoms

Thursday, October 23, 2014

So you're just back from West Africa and the CDC says you've got to monitor yourself for signs of Ebola for the next 21 days. And they give you your very own thermometer. Here's how you'll do it.

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Poll: Broad Support In U.S. For Ebola Travel Ban

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An NPR poll finds a clear majority of Americans are worried about Ebola. Fifty-six percent of people are either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about the spread of the Ebola virus to the U.S.

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Quick Facts About Ebola

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to thousands of deaths and a maelstrom of misinformation. Here's a primer on what you need to know about the virus and the response to it.

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U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

Friday, October 17, 2014

The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

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All Things Considered

Why Won't The Fear Of Airborne Ebola Go Away?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Infectious disease specialists say Ebola can't spread through the air, but many Americans remain deeply skeptical. The history of past outbreaks suggests airborne transmission isn't a threat.

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Poll: Majority Of Americans Worried About U.S. Ebola Outbreak

Thursday, October 16, 2014

More than half of Americans polled said they were concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. within a year. When asked the same question in August, 39 percent of people expressed the same concern.

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How A No-Touch Thermometer Detects A Fever

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some U.S airports scanning passengers for Ebola are using hand-held infrared thermometers to help detect fever. The devices aren't perfect but do contribute to the safety net, health officials say.

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Ebola In The United States: What Happened When

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Taming Ebola virus is now a challenge for the American health care system. We track the U.S. experience with Ebola from the discovery of a strain in laboratory monkeys in 1989 to the current outbreak.

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Nurses Want To Know How Safe Is Safe Enough With Ebola

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's not clear how Dallas nurse Nina Pham became infected with Ebola virus while working in the intensive care unit. Nurses at many hospitals say they haven't had enough training to deal with Ebola.

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4 Things We've Learned About Enterovirus D68, And 1 Mystery

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The outbreak of serious respiratory illness in children was a big surprise; it was caused by an obscure virus rarely seen in the U.S. Two doctors on the front lines explain what they've learned.

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Texas Officials Say They Will Cremate Ebola Patient's Remains

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

As relatives grieve, public health officials are setting in place a plan to safely care for the remains of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. Cremation or burial are both acceptable, the CDC says.

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Morning Edition

One U.S. Hospital's Strategy For Stopping Ebola's Advance

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

There are no known cases of Ebola in Connecticut. But a leading Hartford hospital is already updating its infection controls to stop the virus before it gets a foothold.

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All Things Considered

A Simple Question Can Stop Ebola: How Do You Feel?

Friday, October 03, 2014

Modern medicine offers no easy way to spot Ebola early. The key to preventing an outbreak is still old-fashioned detective work.

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