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A Controversial Rewrite For Rules To Protect Humans In Experiments

One revision would crack down on studying tissue and blood samples without getting a person's consent. Another change would make it easier to conduct studies in many locations at once.

All Things Considered

Puzzling Ebola Death Shows How Little We Know About The Virus

Researchers need to figure out how Ebola can — and can't — be spread by survivors. And health workers need to don protective equipment once again.

We Tried A Futuristic Cranberry. It Was Fresh And Naturally Sweet

Cranberry breeders in Wisconsin have developed a berry that's tart but also sweet, like a Granny Smith apple. They say the variety isn't ready for production but could one day become a fresh product.

Worried About The Flu Shot? Let's Separate Fact From Fiction

If you've ever wondered if the flu shot can give you the flu, you're not alone. We fact check the most common flu myths for you and provide the lowdown on this year's vaccine.

15-Year-Old Boy Is Liberia's First Ebola-Related Fatality Since July

Liberian officials announced a resurgence of the disease last week. Two of the boy's family members reportedly also have tested positive for the disease.

Common ADHD Medications Do Indeed Disturb Children's Sleep

There's been plenty of disagreement over whether stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD interfere with children's sleep. A review of studies finds the drugs make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Answering Your Questions: Health 101 For Grown Women

We asked NPR listeners what they'd like to know about women's health in midlife. Hundreds of you had questions on topics from hormones to chin hairs. Two doctors are giving us the answers.

Morning Edition

More Women Are Freezing Their Eggs, But Will They Ever Use Them?

The procedure is rapidly going mainstream, but it's so new that it's impossible to know if these women will exercise their option to have a child. Also, live birth rates from frozen eggs remain low.

The Future Of Nanotechnology And Computers So Small You Can Swallow Them

How tiny can a computer get and what can it do? Digital sensors are already traveling inside human bodies. Will shrinking sizes eventually do away with the bulky devices we use now?

Treating Prisoners With Hepatitis C May Be Worth The Hefty Price

About 15 percent of people in prison are infected with hepatitis C. Screening and treating inmates would save $750 million over 30 years and prevent many new cases in the general public.

Stand Up. Right Now.

November 27, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

9 Ways To Be More Mindful From The ‘Mother Of Mindfulness,’ Ellen Langer

November 26, 2015
Ellen Langer (Kris Krug/Flickr)

Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer explains how mindfulness — the simple act of noticing new things — can lead to better health and happiness.

Fresh Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Feast

November 25, 2015
A BBQ pork shoulder special with sweet potato hash and over easy eggs at Foster's Market in Durham, N.C. (Courtesy Foster's Market)

Bring your appetite! We’re gathering around the radio table with three chefs and new Thanksgiving recipes.

How Rutland, Vt., Is Taking On Drug Trafficking With ‘Project Vision’

November 24, 2015
A mural covers the wall of a store in Rutland, Vt., commemorating the life of 17-year-old Carly Ferro, who was hit by a car and killed. Police said the driver was huffing from an aerosol can to intoxicate himself moments before the crash. Local officials said Ferro's 2012 death was the city's low point in its fight against heroin. (Wilson Ring/AP)

Rutland had developed a reputation as “heroin city,” but now, drug-related crimes are down, hundreds of people are going into treatment and drug dens are being demolished.

CommonHealth: ‘Sundowning’ And How To Prevent It

November 23, 2015
Commonhealth's Dr. David Scale says the key to preventing "sundowning" is a friendlier, more familiar hospital environment. (Tomasz Sienicki/Wikimedia Commons)

“Sundowning” is the term used by doctors and nurses for when some elderly patients start acting delirious when twilight falls.

Aetna CEO Explains Higher Premiums And Why He’s Into Yoga

November 23, 2015
Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mark Bertolini says a near-fatal skiing accident caused him to view healthcare and his own work culture differently.

Study Touts Benefits Of Reduced Driving In Mass., Urges Policy Changes

November 23, 2015
A new report is calling for improvements to Massachusetts public transportation systems to allow residents to cut down on driving miles, which the report says will save the state and its residents money. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

According to the report, the reduction of 1 percentage point in the growth rate of driving miles over the next 15 years would generate a combined savings of $2.3 billion annually. The reduction would also prevent an estimated 23.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere from 2015 to 2030.

Terminally Ill Teen Wants Final Reunion With Pakistani Parents

November 23, 2015
Qirat Chappra has spent most of her life in a Houston hospital and hasn't seen her parents in 13 years. (Screenshot from Facebook video)

Qirat Chappra has spent most of her life at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and hasn’t seen her parents in 13 years.

Sugar Vs. Corn Syrup: A Bittersweet Legal Battle

November 19, 2015
The nutrition label on a can of soda with the ingredient high fructose corn syrup is pictured on Sept. 15, 2011, in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

In a Los Angeles courtroom, sugar producers are suing members of the high fructose corn syrup industry.

HIV, Sex And The Charlie Sheen Story

November 19, 2015
Actor Charlie Sheen appears during an interview, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 on NBC's "Today" in New York. In the interview, the 50-year-old Sheen said he tested positive four years ago for the virus that causes AIDS. (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP)

Actor Charlie Sheen announced he is HIV positive. So are nearly 40 million other people around the world. We’ll look at sex, new therapies, and HIV.

Mass. Begins Certifying Sober Homes

November 19, 2015
Rich Winant owns Kelly House, a sober home in Wakefield. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After years of complaints and lawsuits alleging that some sober homes are unsafe and anything but sober, the state is taking steps to more closely monitor them.

E-Cigarette Sales Drop Off

November 18, 2015
An electronic cigarette is demonstrated in Chicago on April 23, 2014. Illinois state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is sponsoring a bill that would extend the state ban on indoor secondhand smoke in public places to electronic devices, which are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking. Measures like this, as well as inventory issues and safety concerns, have led to a drop in e-cig sales. (Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo)

The e-cigarette industry is dealing with inventory issues, increasing safety concerns and some new state laws targeting the industry.

Testing Positive: Sobering Truths About Living With HIV

November 18, 2015
Michael Caron McGuill: "Young people with their lives ahead of them are acquiring HIV at unprecedented rates. They deserve to know the facts." Pictured: 
An unidentified medical clinician, left, performs an HIV blood test on a patient at a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Young people with their lives ahead of them are acquiring HIV at unprecedented rates. They deserve to know the facts.

Facial Feminization Surgery: What Makes A Face Feminine?

November 17, 2015
Renee Baker before facial feminization surgery. (Photo courtesy of Renee Baker)

“We hear beauty is only skin deep; it’s not. It has to do a lot with the bones,” says one of the surgeons who pioneered the surgery.

Charlie Sheen’s Announcement Puts HIV In The Spotlight

November 17, 2015
Actor Charlie Sheen waits on the set of the “Today” show before formally announcing that he is HIV positive in an interview with Matt Lauer on November 17, 2015 in New York City. Sheen says he learned of his diagnosis four years ago and was announcing it publically to put an end to rumors and extortion. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The 50-year-old actor announced on NBC’s “Today” show that he is HIV positive and was blackmailed for “millions” to keep it secret.

CommonHealth: DPH Releases Updated Cancer Statistics For Massachusetts

November 16, 2015
A new report from the Deprtment of Public Health and Massachusetts Cancer Registry looks at rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the Commonwealth. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

According to the updated DPH and Mass. Cancer Registry study, rates of cancer mortality in the state are lower than the national average, but rates of incidence are higher.

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