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On The Media

Hype and Hope: The #SaveJosh Story

Friday, April 03, 2015

In 2014, a family launched a media campaign to pressure a drug company to provide a life-saving medicine for their son. We hear how they eventually got the drug.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Don't Worry About The Germs On The Subway

Monday, February 09, 2015

There's a new map showing the pathogens and bacteria in the subway system. We talk about what the research found - like the bubonic plague and meningitis - and why it's okay.

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The Takeaway

You Can't Get Ebola from a Doorknob

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

But as cases of Ebola infection spread to Dallas and now Spain, communities are questioning whether their public health systems are prepared to contain the virus before it spreads.

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PRI's The World

A scientist on the cutting edge of Ebola research calls for calm and focus

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The grim forecasts for the growing Ebola epidemic shouldn't spark panic, says one geneticist. Instead, the response to the outbreak calls for worldwide collaboration and a globally crowdsourced battle plan.

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PRI's The World

Why Ebola patients are being turned away at the gates of treatment centers in Liberia

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ebola is spreading exponentially in Liberia and thousands of new cases are expected there in the next three weeks. Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, says health workers are turning away patients at the gates of treatment centers in Monrovia because they simply don't have enough beds.

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PRI's The World

The story of one Guinean man who survived Ebola

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A nurse working in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders describes the illness and recovery of Sasobas Temé Sadnou from Ebola, and how he's now helping to dispel myths and fears about how the disease is being treated.

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PRI's The World

A Liberian describes the hard reality of Ebola: 'You're running even from people you love'

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The ebola crisis has so overwhelmed some hospitals in Liberia, that patients are being treated in their homes. Markets in border areas are being closed, as well as schools. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown says the country's frightened health care workers need counseling.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Worried Do You Need To Be About Ebola?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One epidemiologist says it's quite likely that someone with Ebola will arrive in the U.S., but he says the panic level should only be "at a 1 or a 2." Here's what you need to know.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Ebola: what risk does the virus pose to Africa and the wider world?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ebola: what risk does the virus pose to Africa and the wider world?

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The Takeaway

Report Shows Disturbing Findings at CDC

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An new investigation led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises new questions about the culture of safety in government laboratories.The USDA found anthrax stored in unlocked refrigerators, and missing containers of anthrax that had to be tracked down by the inspectors.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Phooey On Flu

Saturday, January 12, 2013

NPR

It's hard, during flu season, to avoid inhaling a virus or two (or three, or 10,000), but that doesn't mean they're going to take you over. You have an army of defenders in you, ready to take them on.

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The Takeaway

Computers Affected by DNS Changer Virus Could Lose Connection Monday

Friday, July 06, 2012

Thousands of internet users in this country and around the world could lose their connection on Monday, the result of the so-called DNS Changer virus. The malware has been around for several years and last year, the FBI charged those responsible for creating the virus.

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The Takeaway

Richard Clarke on Stuxnet and Cyber-Security

Thursday, March 29, 2012

This story has all the trappings of a spy novel, or a James Bond film. Espionage. International intrigue. Underground nuclear development. It would make for quite a work of fiction...except that this story is true. In 2010, a little virus called Stuxnet caused severe damage to an Iranian uranium-enrichment facility, effectively delaying Iran’s nuclear capabilities for months or possibly years. It was long thought that Israel took the lead in developing Stuxnet, but our next guest thinks that the Untied States was the culprit. And while we Americans might be skilled in creating cyber-viruses, we might be completely unprepared when it comes to defending ourselves against them.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Norovirus

Friday, March 09, 2012

Please Explain is all about the Norovirus, which is the leading cause of outbreaks of food-borne illness. We'll speak with Dr. Aaron Margolin and Dr. Christine Moe.

 

 

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The Takeaway

30 Years of the Fight Against AIDS

Monday, December 05, 2011

30 years ago, the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States. Since then, more than 25 million people worldwide have died from the disease, and more than 34 million people are currently infected with HIV. Being diagnosed with HIV used to be the equivalent of a death sentence. But over the past few years, anti-viral drugs have become less expensive and more effective in fighting the disease, allowing life to go on for millions.

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The Takeaway

HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Administering HPV vaccines for girls and young women has become a controversial topic, with some parents uncomfortable vaccinating children as young as 11 for a sexually transmitted disease. The vaccine has also become a hot topic among the GOP presidential candidates, with Rep. Michele Bachmann falsely claiming the vaccine caused a girl to become "mentally retarded." Doctors say there have been no proven cases of any harmful side-effects and that the vaccination is important in preventing several cancers, which HPV can lead to. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that boys and young men take the vaccine to prevent throat and anal cancer, as well as the spread of HPV to women.

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The Takeaway

New Book Warns of a Real-Life 'Contagion'

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The movie "Contagion" swept the box office this fall. While the film featured an ensemble cast of famous faces — from Kate Winslet to Matt Damon to Gwyneth Paltrow — the real star of "Contagion" was the virus that murdered millions throughout the movie. Biologist Nathan Wolfe served as a consultant on the film. And while the movie is fiction, Wolfe’s new book warns of the very real threats posed by global pandemics.

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On The Media

Ready For The Next Big Internet Crisis

Friday, September 23, 2011

The motivations of hackers are often obscure. The motivations of the handlers at the Internet Storm Center—the people who stand ready to battle the latest internet malady—are a little easier to understand.  Bob spoke with Alan Paller, the Director of Research at Sans Institute, home to the Internet Storm Center.  Paller says they do it to feel like they're making a difference, for personal pride...and a for leather jacket.

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