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4:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

CDC Releasing New Guidelines For Health Workers Treating Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:24 pm

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Global Health
4:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Quarantine For 43 People In Contact With U.S. Ebola Victim Ending

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:24 pm

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Around the Nation
4:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Finds Support From Vietnamese-American Community

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:20 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

Visual field testing usually requires an expensive machine. This man in Nepal helped test an iPad app.
Dr. Suman Thapa Courtesy of University of Iowa

Getting an eye exam typically involves big complicated machines. But eye doctors are trying to get the big and complicated out of the equation by using smartphones and tablets instead. That way, they figure, eye exams can be done just about anywhere — even a village in Nepal.

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Goats and Soda
1:03 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Plane Of Good Samaritans: Why Fly To (And From) West Africa

Yes, visitors are still coming — and they want to help fight the virus.
John Moore Getty Images

Flying into the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic is actually anti-climactic.

We landed on Friday night. And by Saturday morning, we realized that people around Monrovia, Liberia, are generally going about their business as usual — they're just washing their hands a lot more and trying not to touch each other.

The city of a million people is now reporting about 30 Ebola cases each day. On the surface, you really wouldn't know there was an epidemic of the world's scariest disease going on, except that every now and then an Ebola ambulance zooms past with its sirens on.

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Latest Developments In The Ebola Story

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (center) speaks with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn (second from left) and British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond (right) during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday. The ministers hope to raise 1 billion euros to fight Ebola.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:24 am

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

It's Monday, and Ebola still dominates the headlines. Here's a roundup of some of the latest developments:

Duncan's Family Completes 21-Day Quarantine:

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Africa
4:54 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Nigeria Joins Senegal In Gaining 'Ebola-Free' Status

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

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Goats and Soda
4:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

The Rev. Herman Browne voluntarily quarantined himself for 21 days after his wife's friend tested positive for Ebola. On Sunday, he returned to his church, Trinity Cathedral, to preach to his congregation about Ebola prevention.
Jon Hamilton NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 9:26 am

Night clubs have shut their doors. Soccer leagues have been suspended. And a strict curfew is keeping the streets empty at night.

But there's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service.

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Shots - Health News
4:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

Meghan, 23, began experiencing hallucinations at 19. "Driving home, cars' headlights turned into eyes. The grills on the cars turned into mouths and none of them looked happy. It would scare the crap out of me," Meghan says.
Marvi Lacar for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:24 pm

The important thing is that Meghan knew something was wrong.

When I met her, she was 23, a smart, wry young woman living with her mother and stepdad in Simi Valley, about an hour north of Los Angeles.

Meghan had just started a training program to become a respiratory therapist. Concerned about future job prospects, she asked NPR not to use her full name.

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The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

The Pentagon is training a 30-person medical response team designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said the team was formed based on a request from the Department of Health and Human Services.

"The team will consist of 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease protocols," Kirby said.

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Global Health
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Politics
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. And this...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I'm going to tell you something, mister, and I want you to remember it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Now you listen to me.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., at a wedding in Ghana. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Duncan was being treated for the disease, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 said Duncan has died.
Wilmot Chayee AP

Moffie Kanneh is angry at the United States. When I meet the Liberian lawyer, he asks immediately where I am from. "Take this back to Washington," he says. "I am extremely furious."

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Global Health
5:35 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Some Nations Still Ill-Equipped To Deal With Ebola

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 10:41 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It is a serious disease, but we can't give into hysteria or fear.

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Your Health
5:35 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 6:24 pm

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Around the Nation
7:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Dallas Hospital Deals With Aftermath Of Ebola Missteps

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

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Goats and Soda
6:05 am
Sat October 18, 2014

The Ebola Survivors Who Can't Go Home

Kitibe, 26, has recovered from Ebola and was ready to go home. Then the hospital told him he might have TB.
Anders Kelto NPR

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

Jusoisatu Jusu, 24, lives in a room in an abandoned hospital ward with her six-year-old son. They've survived Ebola. And now they're stuck.

"It's terrible," she says. "We have a lot of things to do, so we want to get back."

But they can't. They live in a town called Makeni, about 130 miles away. Public transportation around the country is limited or canceled because of the outbreak. And Jusu doesn't have the money to pay for a private ride.

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Shots - Health News
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

Members of the California Nurses Association rallied in Sacramento, Calif., in May, in anticipation of contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente that began in this fall.
April Dembosky / KQED

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:23 am

The powerful California Nurses Association has put Ebola on the bargaining table in its negotiations for a new contract with Kaiser Permanente.

Contract talks have been going on for months, and the nurses' most recent demands are focused on Ebola — better training, more staffing, protective gear that goes beyond what's recommended by federal officials and even a special life insurance policy.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New 'Ebola Czar' Has Political, Not Public Health, Background

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

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Global Health
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

In West Africa, Health Care Infrastructure Crumbles With Ebola Deaths

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 3:25 pm

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Shots - Health News
4:47 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

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

Avian influenza, or bird flu, causes an infectious and contagious respiratory disease. In the lab, several scientists have made the H5N1 strain more contagious, a controversial line of research.
James Cavallini ScienceSource

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:07 pm

The federal government will temporarily stop funding any new studies that could make three high-risk infectious diseases even more dangerous. The government is asking all scientists involved in this research now to voluntarily halt their current studies.

The unusual move comes after a long controversy over experiments with mutant forms of a bird flu virus.

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Global Health
4:18 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

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

Ebola Virus, Transmission Electron Micrograph Of The Ebola Virus, Rna Virus, Cause Of Hemorrhagic Fever.
BSIP UIG via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:24 pm

How many times do top officials have to say that the Ebola virus is not airborne?

A lot, apparently.

Here is President Obama Thursday: "This is not an airborne disease. It is not easy to catch."

And the day before: "It is not like the flu. It is not airborne."

And Friday, a reporter asked the inevitable question about airborne Ebola when Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, held a press briefing about nurse Nina Pham's transfer to the National Institute of Health.

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Global Health
4:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Retracing Ebola's Steps

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:26 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

One rationale for extending Medicaid coverage to more people is to help them get to a doctor or clinic before a minor illness becomes a medical emergency.
iStockphoto

While the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act may lead to a dramatic rise in emergency room use and hospitalizations for previously uninsured people, that increase seems to be largely temporary and should not lead to a dramatic impact on state budgets, according to an analysis from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released Wednesday.

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Goats and Soda
12:08 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

3-Year-Old Ebola Survivor Proposes To Nurse

After beating Ebola, young Ibrahim celebrated by proposing to his nurse.
Anders Kelto NPR

Isata Kallon, a nurse at Kenema Hospital in eastern Sierra Leone, remembers the day 3-year-old Ibrahim showed up at the Ebola treatment center. He was with his mother and two older brothers, ages 5 and 8. They all had Ebola. Ibrahim was especially sick, vomiting constantly.

"The chance of survival was very low for him," says Kallon, who's in her 30s. She sits at a picnic table outside the Ebola ward, her hair pulled back with a hairband and her blue nursing scrubs tinged with sweat around the neck.

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Shots - Health News
11:37 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Take Your Medicine, Tap Your Phone And Collect A Prize

A view of the rewards screen on the Mango Health app.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:10 pm

As a neurosurgeon in Connecticut, Dr. Katrina Firlik saw too many patients make the same mistakes, over and over again.

At her hospital in Greenwich she'd see patients with hemorrhagic strokes that could have been prevented. "They didn't take their hypertension medications for the last couple decades," she says.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Fri October 17, 2014

White House Appoints An Ebola 'Czar'

Ron Klain (left), then chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden, talks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Capitol Hill in December 2009.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 1:59 pm

Ron Klain, a former White House adviser, has been appointed to head U.S. efforts to combat Ebola.

A White House official says Klain "will report directly to the president's Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and ... National Security Adviser Susan Rice as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don't distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa."

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Shots - Health News
8:02 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Just Seeing Charts And Graphs Makes Drug Claims More Credible

When people see charts like this, they think the drug is more effective than if they just read about the data, a study finds.
Source: Cornell University

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:24 am

Graphs and formulas say "Science!" to consumers, so much so that simply seeing claims about a new drug that were accompanied by data visualizations made people more likely to believe the claims.

The effect is especially true if people have a strong belief in science to begin with.

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All Tech Considered
3:21 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing

A technician opens a vessel containing women's frozen egg cells in April 2011 in Amsterdam.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:54 am

In the Silicon Valley arms race to lure the top talent with the best benefits, Facebook and Apple are adding egg freezing for female employees. The two companies may be the first to pay for the procedure for women who choose it to delay childbearing.

The addition of egg-freezing to the benefits plan comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women. And it's a perk that some women may find attractive.

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Goats and Soda
3:20 am
Fri October 17, 2014

World Bank Head On Ebola: Put The Fire Out Where It's Raging

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim wants the international community to step up its response to Ebola.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

To stop the raging Ebola epidemic in West Africa, "we need to pay attention to where the fire is burning."

That means there is no "magic solution," Jim Yong Kim, the head of the World Bank, told NPR's Steve Inskeep during an interview on Morning Edition. So appointing an Ebola czar to monitor the international response isn't going to suddenly stop the outbreak.

Neither will closing the borders between U.S. and the three hardest-hit countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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