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Scottish Nurse Who Recovered From Ebola Is Back In Isolation

NPR | Oct. 09, 2015

Pauline Cafferkey, who caught the virus last winter in Sierra Leone, was taken to the hospital with an "unusual late complication" from her previous infection. That's a surprise — and a concern.

Doctors Without Borders Are Now Doctors in Anguish

NPR | Oct. 09, 2015

Jason Cone, the executive director of the aid group, talks about the impact of the bombing on his staff — and on the people of Afghanistan.

Can't Afford School? Girls Learn To Negotiate The Harvard Way: #15Girls

NPR | Oct. 09, 2015

Madalitso Mulando needed help. She didn't have the money to pay for her tenth grade tuition. Then she learned the art of negotiation from the gurus at Harvard Business School.

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To Die At Home, It Helps To Have Someone Who Can Take Time Off Work

NPR | Oct. 9, 2015 8:55 a.m.

A lot of things can affect whether a person can die at home as wished rather than in a hospital. One is whether a relative is able to take more than a few days off work to care for them.

Health | Nation

Firstborns May Be More Nearsighted, And Parents May Be Why

NPR | Oct. 9, 2015 8:34 a.m.

Firstborns in Britain are more likely to be nearsighted, a finding that matches other studies. Maybe it's because parents are more likely to push studying than they do with subsequent kids.

Health | World

To Prevent The Next Plague, Listen To Boie Jalloh

NPR | Oct. 9, 2015 7:20 a.m.

He's a doctor, an imam and a millennial. His ideas about fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone are part of the reason that, this week, the three countries at the center of the epidemic reported no new cases.

Health | Nation

Despite Sweeping Aid-In-Dying Law, Few Will Have That Option

NPR | Oct. 9, 2015 7 a.m.

People with uncertain prognoses or dementia can't end their lives under California's new medical aid in dying law. Proponents say those limits reflect the uncertainties of death, and of politics.

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22 Cases Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Washington This Year

AP | Oct. 8, 2015 5:06 p.m. | Seattle

Health officials believe people were exposed to the virus in central Washington in all the reported cases.

Health | World

Fukushima Study Links Children's Cancer To Nuclear Accident

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 5:06 p.m.

The study claims rates of thyroid cancer are high for children who lived near the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in Japan. But other scientists are skeptical of the findings.

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Berkeley's Sugary Drinks Are Getting Pricier, Thanks To New Tax

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 4:33 p.m.

Berkeley, Calif., passed a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages in 2014. Researchers say soda prices went up three months after it was implemented — a first step toward reducing consumption.

Health | Nation

California Approves Laws To Cut Use Of Antipsychotics In Foster Care

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 3:03 p.m.

The laws are intended to reduce inappropriate prescribing of powerful antipsychotics to children and teens in foster care. Public health nurses will monitor medical records.

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Inslee Pushes Water Quality Rules To Match EPA Recommendations

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 8, 2015 2:15 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces the state is pursuing clean water rules that match federal recommendations for protecting human health.

Health | Nation | Science

Hospitals Still Don't Give Moms Enough Support For Breast-Feeding

NPR | Oct. 8, 2015 10:39 a.m.

Although an increasing number of U.S. hospitals and other birthing centers now encourage women to breast-feed and teach them how, other common practices by staff hinder moms from sticking with 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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