Health

When You've Seen Subway Rats, Ebola Seems Like Nothin'

New York has no time for fear-mongering and wild speculation about the spread of disease through their city. They're too busy crafting the perfect "Ebowla" joke for Twitter.

Fashion Police: Why Are You Wearing Rubber Boots In Liberia?

Like most people in Monrovia, our correspondent is constantly washing her hands with chlorinated water. But her booted feet are drawing strange looks.

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

TED Radio Hour

Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

TED Radio Hour

Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

VIDEO: Talking While Female

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.

Morning Edition

Doctor With Ebola In Isolation At New York Hospital

A physician who had returned to New York from Guinea, where he treated Ebola patients, has tested positive for the virus. David Greene speaks with NPR's Richard Harris about the case.

Recently Returned From Africa, Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola At NYC Hospital

A doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, who had worked in Ebola-stricken countries with Doctors Without Borders, had been monitoring his health and arrived at the hospital today with a fever.

What's My Risk Of Catching Ebola?

Folks in the U.S. are in a panic about catching Ebola. Let's just say, you're more likely to be eaten by a shark. The situation in Liberia, however, is starkly different.

The Digitized, Home-Delivered Future Of Our Food Supply

October 27, 2014
This undated product image provided by Google shows the Google Shopping Express mobile app. Same-day grocery delivery services from Google, Instacart and Postmates are expanding into more cities around the country, delivering everything from cereal to bottled water to toilet paper from nearby stores. (AP)

Will going to the grocery store be history? How the online order and delivery business is reshaping our food economy.

New Yorkers ‘Pretty Chill’ About City’s First Ebola Case

October 24, 2014
A police officer guards the entrance to Bellevue Hospital on October 24, 2014 in New York, the morning after it was confirmed that Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, who recently returned to New York from West Africa tested positive for Ebola. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer told us how New York City is handling its first Ebola case, and how residents are reacting.

Should Ebola Doctors Be Quarantined After Returning To U.S.?

October 24, 2014
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) President of NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Dr. Ram Raju, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health Dr. Howard Zucker speak at a press conference October 23, 2014 in New York City. The conference addressed Dr. Craig Spencer, who had returned to New York City from Guinea where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients. Spencer had been quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus and was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing. According to reports, test results have confirmed that Spencer has contracted the Ebola virus. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, went bowling and took a taxi before reporting he had a fever yesterday morning.

Officials Urge Calm After First Ebola Case Diagnosed In NYC

October 24, 2014
A health alert is displayed at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital October 23, 2014, in New York City. After returning to New York City from Guinea where he was working with Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola patients, Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Spencer was taken to Bellevue hospital to undergo testing. (Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Dr. Craig Spencer, who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea, is in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital.

The Power To Reverse An Overdose, The Powerlessness To Prevent The Next One

October 24, 2014
Ted Flanagan: "Heroin addicts most sadden me because I see in so many of them the lives they might have had, and because I understand less than ever why they would trade those possibilities for what inevitably comes after the needle is pulled from their arm." (Christina B Castro/flickr)

Heroin addicts most sadden me because I see in so many of them the lives they might have had, and because I understand less than ever why they would trade those possibilities for what inevitably comes after the needle is pulled from their arm.

Surgery Before Anesthesia: Huntington Theatre’s ‘Ether Dome’

October 23, 2014
Greg Balla, Lee Sellars (seated), Tom Patterson and Richmond Hoxie act in a scene from “Ether Dome.” (Courtesy T. Charles Erickson/Huntington Theatre)

The sound of a woman screaming – pure human agony – is how the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Ether Dome” begins.

Uninsured Patients In Texas Turn To Walmart

October 23, 2014
Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic in Copperas Cove, Texas, near the Fort Hood military base. (Veronica Zaragovia/KUT)

Near the Fort Hood military base, Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic that has everything a typical doctor’s office has – except a doctor.

Kansas City – A Homefront In The Fight Against Ebola

October 23, 2014
Liberians worship at the Konobo language service at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Kansas City's historic northeast neighborhood.(Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR)

Whether here or in West Africa, Ebola comes with a stigma. That’s something many West Africans living in the U.S. are finding out.

How People Catch Ebola — And How They Don't

October 22, 2014
Health workers load the body of a woman they suspect died from the Ebola virus, onto a truck in front of a makeshift shop in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

A tutorial on how people can — and can’t — catch the Ebola virus.

Rhode Island Journalist Heading Home After Ebola Recovery

October 22, 2014

Ashoka Mukpo, who had contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from a Nebraska hospital’s biocontainment unit Wednesday morning.

Reporter’s Notebook: Back From Monrovia

October 22, 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)

NPR’s Jason Beaubien has just returned from his third visit to Liberia’s capital, covering the Ebola outbreak.

The Country At The Epicenter Of The Ebola Outbreak

October 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

The Case For A U.S. Surgeon General During Ebola Outbreak

October 21, 2014
In this Jan. 18, 2008 photo, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. (Harry Cabluck/AP)

Would the U.S. be handling the outbreak differently it had a surgeon general? We ask former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

Are Airlines Doing Enough To Protect Cleaning Staff From Ebola?

October 21, 2014
An Italian military personnel wearing a protective gets ready to take care of a pretended Ebola victim during a specialized training course for the management and transport of highly contagious patients, in Rome's Pratica di Mare military airport in Pomezia on September 24, 2014. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

Labor union SEIU has expressed concerns about how airlines are training the crews that clean planes at airports.

Critical Care Nurse Writes Open Letter To Ebola Nurse

October 21, 2014
When nurse Kati Kleber of Charlotte, North Carolina, wrote an open letter to Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola, it quickly went viral. (nurseeyeroll.com)

When Kati Kleber posted a letter of support for Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola, it quickly went viral among nurses.

Louisiana Gov. Issues Executive Order To Better Protect Rape Survivors

October 21, 2014
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is pictured on October 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The move follows revelations that some survivors were being charged thousands of dollars for forensic exams and treatment.

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