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How Worried Should We Be About Lassa Fever?

The tropical virus has killed a man who returned to New Jersey from Liberia this month. But chances that he could have spread the disease are remote.

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Injection Drug Use Fuels Rise In Hepatitis C Cases

The rise in injection drug use across the country, especially the eastern U.S., is fueling an outbreak of hepatitis C. Outreach workers are offering clean needles and testing to contain the spread.

Fresh Air

A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

Second Opinions Are Often Sought, But Their Value Isn't Clear

Patients facing serious illnesses often seek medical reviews of their cases. Some people glean helpful advice, but researchers don't have much data about whether the consults lead to better results.

New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria

Local clinics may have "no staff and no stuff." Big hospitals are hard to reach. But when community health workers come to live in a village, there's a change for the better.

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.

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Left Turns Cause A Quarter Of All Pedestrian Crashes In U.S.

One of the biggest problems with left turns is that the turning driver has a green light when pedestrians have a walk light. Changes in how cars are built have also created more blind spots.

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World Health Organization Considers Measures To Quicken Outbreak Response

The consensus is that the World Health Organization's performance on Ebola was miserable. At the agency's annual meeting, the WHO is set to adopt reforms to make sure what happened with Ebola doesn't happen again.

Morning Edition

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.

All Things Considered

A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

May 26, 2015
David Gerfast is being treated for a rare type of cancer at Mass General. (Courtesy of the Gerfast family)

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain’s bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

Egg Buying 101: Cage-Free, Omega-3, Organic And More

May 26, 2015
Egg choices at the supermarket. (Solveig Osk/Flickr)

When it comes to buying eggs, there are many options. We get an egg-buying tutorial from an expert.

White House Conference On Aging To Hold Forum In Boston

May 25, 2015

Topics include healthy aging, retirement security, long-terms services and supports, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Latest In Food-Track Tech: Swipe A Code, Meet Your Fisherman

May 25, 2015

A group of scientists and fishermen are working on a tool they say will allow consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish while standing in the supermarket aisle with their smartphone.

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

May 25, 2015
Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center pictured on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona, (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Almost a year after a scandal rocked the Veterans Affairs administration leading to a $15 billion infusion to fix the problems, long wait times and limited access to care remain unsolved.

Water Quality Survey Gives Boston-Area Beaches High Marks

May 23, 2015

One report found that water quality at South Boston beaches was “consistently cleaner” than a number of iconic urban beaches, including Coney Island and Santa Monica.

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

May 22, 2015
Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

Some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are paid as little as 25 cents an hour – well below the minimum wage.

Wal-Mart Calls On Suppliers To Treat Farm Animals Better

May 22, 2015
Pigs on a farm in the village of Gangzhong in China's eastern Zhejiang province on November 19, 2013. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The retail giant is asking its suppliers in the U.S. to treat farm animals better, and give them fewer antibiotics.

The Brave New World Of ‘Editing’ Human Genes

May 22, 2015
Humankind Can Now Tinker With Its Gene Pool, But Should It?

A new gene technology is so powerful, it’s sparking debate about whether humankind should tinker with its own gene pool.

What’s Next For Colorado’s Controversial Birth Control Program?

May 22, 2015
In this image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In a report released on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-acting but reversible methods of birth control are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. women, with IUDs redesigned after safety scares and the development of under-the-skin hormone implants. (Merck via AP)

The state legislature has voted against continuing a program that’s credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortions.

Walgreens Joins Gloucester Police Effort To Offer Discounted Anti-Overdose Drug

May 21, 2015
In this 2012 file photo, a tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, is held up. Narcan is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Gloucester Police will subsidize the cost of Narcan for those who are uninsured using the department’s drug seizure funds.

Your Doctor, Always Available, For A Monthly Fee

May 21, 2015
Dr. Jeff Gold and his patient Steve Bird, who is being examined for an earache (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

As most of us know, it can be difficult to get an appointment for a routine doctor’s visit. So, one doctor in Marblehead is trying something new — he’s charging a flat monthly fee for basic primary care.

Why Are More Black Children Taking Their Own Lives?

May 21, 2015
School bus (caitlinator/Flickr)

Donna Holland Barnes, president of the National Organization for People of Color against Suicide, discusses why, and what can be done.

Study: Suicide Rate Doubles For Black Children 5–11 Years Old

May 21, 2015
Empty swings (Stuart Herbert/Flickr)

The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children.

A Better Way To Care For Seriously Ill Children And Their Families

May 21, 2015
Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care. (Gerolf Nikolay/flickr)

Too many children living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses experience undue suffering. Why their quality of life, not just their survival, must be a priority of their clinical care.

Boston Needs More Substance Abuse Treatment Beds, Report Finds

May 20, 2015

The report serves as a blueprint for the city’s new Office of Recovery Services.

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