Saved By A Bad Taste, The Last 'Radium Girl' Dies At 107

In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Most died within a few years, but Mae Keane quit, and survived.

Thalidomide Victims In Spain Still Waiting For Compensation

NPR |Dec. 28, 2014 8:07 a.m.

Five decades on, the battle for justice over birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide continues in only one European country. Victims in Spain are the only ones still left without compensation.

Adebisi Alimi: Gay Nigerian Actor Puts His Sexuality In The Spotlight

NPR |Dec. 28, 2014 2:35 a.m.

The rising star was the first Nigerian to come out on national TV, was nearly beaten to death in his home and is now an international activist for LGBT rights and for men with HIV.

Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 8:10 a.m.

Dr. Ian Crozier was Emory University Hospital's sickest Ebola patient; his kidneys failed and he was on life support. He made a miraculous recovery and says the illness made him a better physician.

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 1:12 a.m.

Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

An Update On Screen Time

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 10:53 p.m.

New research may be changing the debate over how we think about screen time for young children.

Ebola Survivor: 'You Feel Like ... Maybe ... A Ghost'

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 2:06 p.m.

Outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Liberia, Dr. Senga Omeonga muses over the weeks he spent at an Ebola ward — not as a doctor, but as a patient. He says the experience was life-changing.

Mishandling Of Ebola Sample May Have Exposed CDC Technician To Virus

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 10:54 a.m.

The worker will be monitored for symptoms. Officials are investigating the incident, in which the virus was moved from a high-security lab to a low-security lab at the CDC's headquarters in Atlanta.

When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 7:14 a.m.

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.

How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 5:46 a.m.

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.

Sierra Leone Puts North On Lockdown Amid Ebola Spread

NPR |Dec. 25, 2014 7:59 a.m.

The country that has been hardest-hit by the ongoing outbreak of the deadly virus, has shut down shops, markets and most travel in the north.

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