Health

When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.

Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin

Researchers call for stronger safety warnings on drugs called dopamine agonists because they can trigger self-destructive, obsessional behavior in some people.

All Things Considered

Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Finds Support From Vietnamese-American Community

The Vietnamese-American community is rallying behind Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

All Things Considered

CDC Releasing New Guidelines For Health Workers Treating Ebola

The CDC is issuing new guidelines for how hospital workers should protect themselves from Ebola. The revised guidelines come after the virus spread from a Liberian traveler to two nurses in Texas.

Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.

Plane Of Good Samaritans: Why Fly To (And From) West Africa

On the plane to Monrovia, our NPR correspondent saw the best of human nature in the passengers on board. Almost all of them were headed to Liberia to lend a helping hand.

Latest Developments In The Ebola Story

The family of the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease ends a 21-day observation period with no symptoms. Meanwhile, the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free.

Morning Edition

Nigeria Joins Senegal In Gaining 'Ebola-Free' Status

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about how Nigeria and Senegal were able to rid their countries of Ebola, despite the ongoing outbreak in West Africa.

Morning Edition

Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.

Morning Edition

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

Schizophrenia typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. But if you could stop that first psychotic break, could you stop the mental illness in its tracks? Some doctors think so.

Harvard Study Finds Limited Access To Psychiatric Care In Boston

October 20, 2014
Harvard Medical School researchers called 120 psychiatrists each, in Boston, Houston and Chicago. Boston psychiatrists were least likely to offer an appointment. (AP)

Here’s the latest dispatch from a health care system in need of repair: if you need psychiatric care — or if you’re trying to help a family member get it — it’s a challenge in Boston.

Airline Expert: U.S. Should Enact Ebola-Related Travel Ban

October 20, 2014
A plane arrives at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK ) airport on October 11, 2014 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Polls show the American public supports a travel ban, but federal health officials insist it could worsen the crisis.

Be Afraid: We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

October 20, 2014
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, patrons line up for “Nightmare: New York,” a haunted house attraction in New York. (AP)

Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We’ll unpack the science of fear.

Phillip Morris May Enter E-Cigarette Market

October 17, 2014
Most e-cigarettes use liquid nicotine, but tobacco giant Phillip Morris will release a smart e-cigarette, that uses heated tobacco. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Phillip Morris has patent approved for an e-cigarette that uses tobacco and can log the user’s smoking habits to incentivize quitting.

The Economic Impact Of Ebola

October 17, 2014
World leaders meet about the impact of the Ebola crisis, during the IMF World Bank 2014 Annual Meetings on October 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Bank estimates Ebola could drain $32.6 billion from the global economy if it spreads beyond Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

October 17, 2014
This Oct. 14 picture from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)'s Twitter account shows Ben Hemingway visiting a Ebola treatment unit in Liberia. (USAID OFDA/Twitter)

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.

Three Ohio Schools Close Over Ebola Fears

October 16, 2014
A sign marks the entrance to Cleveland Hopkins Airport on October 15, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently diagnosed Ebola patient, health care worker Amber Vinson, traveled on Frontier Airlines from Dallas to Cleveland with a low fever on October 10, and returned to Dallas on October 13. (Michael Francis McElroy/Getty Images)

Officials in Cleveland are tracking down those who may have come into contact with Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola.

New Wearable Device Administers Electric Shocks To Break Bad Habits

October 16, 2014
The new wearable device, Pavlok, administers electric shocks when you give into bad habits, like using the snooze alarm. (Sean McGrath/Flickr)

A new wearable device doesn’t just track your habits but tries to change them with a Pavlovian electric shock.

CDC Director Faces Tough Questions At Ebola Hearing

October 16, 2014
Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden will face a Congressional panel today over how the CDC has handled Ebola. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

CDC director Tom Frieden will face a Congressional committee over how the CDC has handled Ebola.

The U.S. Health System Vs. Ebola

October 16, 2014
In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a sign points to the entrance to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated, in Dallas. (AP)

A second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. At least 76 in her hospital, exposed. We’ll look at the American medical system racing for Ebola readiness.

Mass. Nurses Union Expresses Concerns Over Ebola Preparedness

October 16, 2014

Donna Kelly-Williams, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, explains why she believes that Massachusetts is “not doing as well as we should be doing” in preparing hospitals to treat Ebola.

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

October 15, 2014
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.

How Well Is The Media Covering Ebola?

October 15, 2014
Dr. Nancy Snyderman reporting on the scene in West Africa (NBC News)

David Folkenflik discusses how the media have been covering Ebola as NBC’s Nancy Snyderman takes heat for breaking a voluntary quarantine.

Hospital Worker Diagnosed With Ebola Traveled On Plane

October 15, 2014
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins answers questions at the podium during a press conference held at the Dallas County Commissioners Court concerning the second health care worker to contract Ebola. (Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Health officials are alerting airline passengers who were on the same flight as a second Texas healthcare worker who was diagnosed with Ebola.

Rebuilding Liberia’s Devastated Health System

October 15, 2014
Aid workers from the Liberian Medical Renaissance League stage an Ebola awareness event on October 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia.(John Moore/Getty Images)

The nonprofit Management Sciences for Health is setting up community care centers and medicine shops to move Ebola patients out of hospitals.

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

October 15, 2014
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In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

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