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South Korea Struggles To Contain Deadly MERS Virus' Spread

NPR | May 30, 2015

Health officials in South Korea are coming under fire after cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, swelled from one to 13 inside of two weeks.

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

NPR | May 29, 2015

Texas has turned down federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals and some business owners want the money, but it's a tough sell in Republican-dominated state politics.

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

NPR | May 29, 2015

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.

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When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

NPR | May 29, 2015 3:49 p.m.

Many workers like the programs, and employers say they help hold down health insurance costs. But there are legal questions about how far companies can go to encourage participation.

Food | Technology | Health | Science | Business

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

NPR | May 29, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Did you hear about that study that found eating a daily chocolate bar helps you lose weight faster? Turns out, it was part of an elaborate hoax to show just how easily junk nutrition science spreads.

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Watch Robots Transform A California Hospital

NPR | May 29, 2015 1:11 p.m.

Robots don't always replace workers. Sometimes, workers use robots as tools.

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New Jersey Lassa Fever Death Reveals Holes In Ebola Monitoring System

NPR | May 29, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Back from a Liberia trip, the patient developed Ebola-like symptoms. One hospital sent him home. A few days later he ended up in an Ebola isolation ward and died. What went wrong?

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7th Case Of Meningococcal Disease Confirmed At University Of Oregon

OPB | May 29, 2015 11:14 a.m. | Portland

Public health officials have confirmed that a seventh case of meningococcal disease has been linked to the University of Oregon outbreak.

Health | Nation

Breath-Holding In The Pool Can Spark Sudden Blackouts And Death

NPR | May 29, 2015 9:38 a.m.

When you hold your breath underwater, you might pass out before you realize you need oxygen right now. Experienced swimmers have drowned as a result, and most people aren't aware of the risk.

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Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

NPR | May 29, 2015 9:19 a.m.

A decade ago, scientists showed that the anesthetic ketamine could relieve major depression in hours. Now, two chemical cousins of the drug are entering the late stages of clinical testing.

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A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

NPR | May 29, 2015 6:46 a.m.

The practice of defecating in the open is all too common in Zambia because many families don't have other options. But now the country has achieved a milestone: its first zone free of open defecation.

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How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

NPR | May 29, 2015 5:40 a.m.

It seemed to make sense, that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

Health | Nation

Paralyzed By Doubt? Here's A Guide For The Worrier In Us All

NPR | May 29, 2015 5:40 a.m.

You might think that anxiety disorder is no laughing matter, but illustrator Gemma Correll respectfully disagrees. She sees the humor in the mental condition that she deals with every day.

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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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