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Its Mental Health Treatment System Saves San Antonio Millions

Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.

Morning Edition

Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood

The boy was found naked on the beach in West Point, a slum in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia. At first no one would take him in. People — and even a nearby clinic — were afraid he had Ebola.

All Things Considered

Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola

Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.

All Things Considered

As Kids Head To Campus, Parents Broach The Subject Of Sexual Assault

Starting college is exciting, but campus life also comes with risks. So how are parents talking to their kids about avoiding becoming a victim — or even a perpetrator — of sexual assault?

All Things Considered

What's Behind The Stark Rise In Children's Disabilities

A recent study finds that the rate of children diagnosed with a disability is rising — particularly among kids who come from a more affluent background. Dr. Amy Houtrow was one of the lead authors on the study, and she speaks with Audie Cornish.

Fresh Air

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting

Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a recall.

How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.

Out, Out, Damned Ebola: Liberia Is Obsessed With Hand Washing

There are two camps in Monrovia. The hand washers. And the skeptics who don't believe in Ebola — or in the public health message that scrubbing hands is an effective way of keeping the virus at bay.

Morning Edition

'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."

Ebola And The Gap Between The Haves And Have-Nots In Global Health

August 20, 2014
Catherine Womack: "In health care, we’re always looking for a magic pill or new technology to save us. But in this case, the focus on experimental drugs -- who gets them, how much there is of them, when will there be more -- is a distraction from what the Ebola-stricken countries really need." Pictured: People pass by Ebola virus health warning signs, in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Sunday, August 17, 2014. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

In health care, we’re always looking for a magic pill or new technology to save us. But in this case, the focus on experimental drugs — who gets them, how much there is of them, when will there be more — is a distraction from what the Ebola-stricken countries really need.

The Remembrance Project: Gerry Dumas

August 19, 2014
Gerry Dumas. (Courtesy of the Dumas family)

The latest in our series of stories on ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives.

Are We Losing Touch In The Doctor-Patient Relationship?

August 18, 2014
More studies are calling into question the measurable value of the physical examination. Is there still a place for physical touch in the doctor-patient relationship?(Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services/ Flickr)

A physician laments the decline of the physical exam and asks whether there’s still a place for touch in the digital age.

NH Governor Declares Emergency Over Drug Called ‘Spice’

August 18, 2014
'Smacked' is one brand of so-called "spice" sold in New Hampshire stores. (Manchester Police Department via NHPR)

The synthetic marijuana substance is sold in convenience stores and gas stations, and state authorities are looking at how to ban it.

As Pot Laws Relax, Restrictions On Research Still Tight

August 18, 2014
A worker cultivates a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web inside a greenhouse, in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 7, 2014. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

The firing of a University of Arizona doctor highlights the complexity and politics of marijuana research.

West Africa's Ebola Epidemic Spreads

August 18, 2014
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014, a healthcare worker, right, wears protective gear against the Ebola virus before he enters the Ebola isolation ward at Kenema Government Hospital, in Kenema, the Eastern Province around 300km, (186 miles), from the capital city of Freetown in Sierra Leone. (AP)

Ebola: more than a thousand dead now. An unprecedented spread. We’ll look at what it will take to stop it.

Sports In The Age Of HIV And Aids

August 15, 2014
Twenty-four years after being diagnosed with HIV, Steve Harrington is still here -- a fact he attributes to medication and a love of basketball, which keeps him physically fit and mentally focused. (David C. Barnett/ideastream)

While drug cocktails are helping to keep more athletes alive, strict safety precautions are in force on the courts and fields.

Retailers Face Rising Pressure Over Chemical Triclosan

August 15, 2014
A bottle of antibacterial soap contains the active ingredient triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent that has been linked to cancerous cell growth and disruptions in development in animals. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The antibacterial agent is often used in products like soap and toothpaste, and has been linked to health problems in animals.

Ebola Outbreak Is Worse Than Previously Thought

August 15, 2014
A burial team prepares to collect the dead body of a woman suspected of dying of the Ebola virus on August 14, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Teams of undertakers wearing protective clothing are collecting victims from all over the capital Monrovia, where the spread of the highly contagious and deadly Ebola virus has been called catastrophic. The epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries. (John Moore/Getty Images)

NPR’s Jason Beaubien joins us from Liberia, which the United Nations says is now the epicenter of reported cases.

Beef From 2 Mass. Whole Foods Stores Recalled

August 15, 2014
A customer walks home from the Whole Foods Market in Cambridge, Mass. in 2008 around the time of another beef recall due to E. coli bacteria. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Two Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Two Views On The Ice Bucket Challenge

August 15, 2014
Is the Ice Bucket Challenge about raising awareness and money for a disease that has no cure, or it it just about showing off? Pictured: Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson, center, in suit, leads 200 people in the Ice Bucket Challenge at Boston's Copley Square, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Is the Ice Bucket Challenge about raising awareness and money for a disease that has no cure, or is it just about showing off?

New Studies: Low-Salt Diet May Be Harmful

August 14, 2014
Salt shaker (Wen Zhang/Flickr)

Three new studies challenge the low salt intake levels recommended by groups like the American Heart Association.

Report: Mass. Halts 2 Medical Marijuana Permits

August 14, 2014

Massachusetts has put a hold on one company’s bid to open two medical marijuana dispensaries in the state while it investigates allegations that a company executive lied by claiming he was a college graduate.

Massachusetts Hospitals Report More Medical Errors

August 14, 2014

Hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries last year to the state Public Health Department.

New Superbug Skyrockets In Southeast

August 13, 2014
The drug-resistant bacteria CRE kills about half of those who get it, and it's on the rise in community hospitals. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The drug-resistant bacteria CRE kills about half of those who get it, and it’s on the rise in community hospitals, according to a new study by Duke University researchers.

Grieving Robin Williams, And Helping Others In Need

August 13, 2014
Roberta Hurtig: "If we feel compelled to do something in memory of this man who made us laugh and who brought us happiness, let it be connecting with one other human being we care about." Pictured: Flowers are placed in memory of actor and comedian Robin Williams on his Walk of Fame star in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (Kevork Djansezia/AP)

If we feel compelled to do something in memory of this man who made us laugh and who brought us happiness, let it be connecting with one other human being we care about.

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