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Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.

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Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.

So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?

Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.

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Is It Legal To Quarantine Someone Who's Not Sick?

State and local governments have the legal authority to impose mandatory quarantines. But law experts are debating whether some states' new Ebola quarantine policies may be stepping over the line.

Medicare Concedes, Agrees To Pay For Woman's Home Health Care

A 78-year-old Vermont woman has won the latest skirmish in her long-running battle with Medicare. The agency agreed to pay for home health care coverage even though she remains disabled.

Unlikely Marriage Of Diseases: TB And Diabetes Form A 'Co-Epidemic'

The risk of developing tuberculosis soars when someone has diabetes. The threat of a double pandemic is a challenge for the medical profession, where different docs typically treat each disease.

What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola

A young doctor put on a protective suit so he could examine a man who might be sick with SARS. It was hard to tell who was more frightened: the doctor or the patient.

Why It's OK To Worry About Ebola, And What's Truly Scary

Public health officials are telling us not to freak out about Ebola in the United States. But fear is what motivates people to protect themselves from danger. When should we worry?

Maine's Gov. Threatens Legal Action To Force Nurse Into Quarantine

Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for Ebola and says she is asymptomatic, defied Gov. Paul LePage by setting off on a morning bike ride with her boyfriend.

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No Ebola, S'il Vous Plait, We're French: The Ivory Coast Mindset

The country borders Liberia and Guinea, but so far Ebola hasn't arrived. Maybe it's because of the French heritage. When the authorities tell people what to do to keep the virus out, they listen.

A Bit More On The History Of Quarantine

October 30, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple went on an hour-long ride followed by a Maine State Trooper. (AP)

So this whole quarantine thing — why to do it, when to do it, and when to just say no.

Can States Force People Into Quarantine?

October 30, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple went on an hour-long ride followed by a Maine State Trooper. State officials are going to court to keep Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10. Police are monitoring her, but can't detain her without a court order signed by a judge. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Maine officials are going to court to keep Kaci Hickox in quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola.

Reporter Takes Rare North Korea Road Trip

October 30, 2014
In this June 20, 2014 photo, young North Korean schoolchildren help to fix pot holes in a rural road in North Korea's North Hamgyong province. (David Guttenfelder/AP)

Eric Talmadge’s stories appear as North Korea today declared a 21-day quarantine on foreigners in the country.

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

October 30, 2014
Northeastern University has developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the epidemic's progression in West Africa and its international spread. (mobs-lab.org)

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

Soylent Isn't People; But Is It The End Of Food?

October 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

As U. S. Hospitals Prepare Ebola Response, Nurses Must Have A Seat At The Table

October 30, 2014
Angela Nannini: "In times of crisis, nurses are often excluded from decision-making conversations at every level of health care organizations, from patient care decisions to hospital policy and protocols." Pictured: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas staff line the drive that exits the emergency room as they wait for an ambulance carrying Nina Pham to depart, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Dallas. Pham, a nurse at the hospital, was diagnosed with the Ebola virus after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the same virus. Amber Vinson, another nurse diagnosed, was taken to a similar location in Atlanta. Both nurses have since been declared Ebola free and have been released from care. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

In times of crisis, nurses are often excluded from decision-making conversations at every level of health care organizations, from patient care decisions to hospital policy and protocols.

The Age Of Innocence: When I Didn’t Know What I Didn’t Know About Sex

October 30, 2014
Barbara Beckwith: "Necking in high school gave me clues, like that boys break into a sweat and squirm mightily after a few minutes of kissing." (Vlasta Juricek/flickr)

Necking in high school gave me clues, like that boys break into a sweat and squirm mightily after a few minutes of kissing.

The Road To Hope In Liberia

October 29, 2014
Michael Collins: The health care system that was so thoughtfully reconstructed after Liberia’s long civil wars is now once again struggling to meet the demands. In this Sept. 29, 2014, file photo a MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) nurse gets prepared with Personal Protection Equipment before entering a high risk zone of MSF's Ebola isolation and treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. (Jerome Delay/AP)

Michael Collins: The health care system that was so thoughtfully reconstructed after Liberia’s long civil wars is now once again struggling to meet the demands.

Boston Doctor Agrees With Obama, Says Mandatory 21-Day Quarantine Too Harsh

October 28, 2014

Dr. Sara Stulac agrees with President Obama, saying health care workers need to be supported, not discouraged, from heading overseas.

Nurse’s Boyfriend Also Agrees To Voluntary Isolation In Maine

October 28, 2014
This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (University of Texas at Arlington via AP)

Kaci Wilcox’s boyfriend has also agreed to isolate himself, now that the couple is reunited. He is a nursing student in Fort Kent, Maine.

Montana Veterans Catch A Ride To The VA

October 28, 2014
Pictured is the VA clinic in Havre, Montana. (montana.va.gov)

Deep in the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in rural Montana, it’s difficult for the region’s 300 veterans to get to the hospital.

A Brief History Of Medical Quarantine

October 28, 2014
Kaci Hickox (R) speaks with civil rights attorney Norman Siegel from within her mandatory quarantine tent in Newark, NJ. (Steven Hyman)

The history of quarantines, from the Spanish Flu to polio to Ebola and the challenge of fighting an epidemic and fear of the epidemic.

Report: Murder Down, Heroin Still Problem In State

October 28, 2014

The state’s murder rate fell by 34 percent and all violent crime fell by 4.5 percent between 2011 to 2012, according to a study from the Massachusetts Health Council.

Surviving Ebola: A Rhode Island Journalist’s Road To Recovery

October 27, 2014
Ashoka Mukpo embraces his father and partner shortly after recovering from Ebola at the Nebraska Medical Center Wednesday, Oct. 22. (Nebraska Medical Center, Taylor Wilson/AP)

Ashoka Mukpo is now free of the virus and home with his family in Rhode Island.

Medical Students Worry About Lengthier MCAT Entrance Exam

October 27, 2014
Students from Sydney Medical School practice their skills. (Sydney Uni/Flickr)

The new exam scheduled to debut in April will be three hours longer and include additional subjects.

Will Ebola, Terror Attacks Roil Election?

October 27, 2014

NPR’s Ron Elving explores how Ebola has overshadowed many political issues and how it will affect elections.

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