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How A Scientist's Discovery Helped Save Preemies' Lives

NPR | Aug. 03, 2015

Sometimes one person's insight transforms medicine. Dr. John Clements is one of those guys. In the 1950s he discovered a slippery lung substance key to breathing, and to the survival of tiny babies.

She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

NPR | Aug. 01, 2015

Born deaf and blind to a refugee mother, Haben Girma has had opportunities in the U.S. she'd never have had in Eritrea. But it was an urge for dessert that led her to advocate for the disabled.

The Best River Hangouts In Oregon And Southwest Washington

OPB | Aug. 01, 2015

Help us build a map of the best river hangouts in Oregon and southwest Washington.

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Toxic Lead Contaminates Some Traditional Ayurvedic Medicines

NPR | Aug. 3, 2015 9 a.m.

Traditional Ayurvedic treatments are popular in India and the United States, but some can be contaminated with high levels of lead and other toxic metals. People continue to be harmed.

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How Sierra Leone's Most Famous Journalist Helped NPR Get The Ebola Story

NPR | Aug. 1, 2015 4:03 a.m.

At the height of the epidemic, Umaru Fofana was our guide — and a one-man solution system. This summer, he stopped by NPR's headquarters for a reunion with our Ebola reporting team.

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Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

NPR | July 31, 2015 2:43 p.m.

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of people at high risk for Ebola. But more data are needed to figure out exactly how well the vaccine works.

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How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her 'Sugar Linings'

NPR | July 31, 2015 1:31 p.m.

She didn't know that sporting an insulin pump on her bikini at a beauty pageant would make her an Internet sensation. Sierra Sandison is trying to use that to help others with Type 1 diabetes.

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New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness

NPR | July 31, 2015 10:09 a.m.

The trial of the VSV-EBOV vaccine was called Ebola ça Suffit – French for "Ebola that's enough." Researchers say it's both effective and quick, with no new Ebola cases 6 days after vaccination.

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Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

NPR | July 31, 2015 9:21 a.m.

The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.

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What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

NPR | July 31, 2015 6:36 a.m.

Debra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.

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Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers?

NPR | July 31, 2015 6:36 a.m.

Dr. Dean Ornish studied how lifestyle changes could help people with chronic heart disease; he wanted to figure out if there was a way to do the same with some types of cancer.

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How Will Open-Source Research Help Cure Cancer?

NPR | July 31, 2015 6:36 a.m.

Giving away something that could make you a billion dollars sounds foolish. But Dr. Jay Bradner believes it's essential to share even the most prized scientific discoveries if we hope to cure cancer.

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Is Our Narrow Focus On Cancer Doing More Harm Than Good?

NPR | July 31, 2015 6:36 a.m.

Dr. David Agus believes that current research is too narrowly focused on the specifics of cancer. Instead, he thinks broader, more interdisciplinary methods are needed to control and treat it.


Vital Signs

Oregon is at the forefront of the nation's health care reform. OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil looks at how those changes are affecting Oregonians.

Vital Signs | Feb. 14, 2014

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