Health

You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

Ebola has made us all obsessed with body temperature. 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal, right? But what about 98.2? Or 99? And how high and low can you go on the thermometer and survive?

Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

All Things Considered

An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

Staff members at a clinic in Sierra Leone were told to minimize treatments and expect few survivors. But they refused to follow that plan and came up with a safe way to boost the survival rate.

To Stay Energy Efficient As You Age, Keep On Running

People in their 60s who run for exercise use energy as efficiently as much younger people. That wasn't true for older people who walked instead.

In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee

People in the LGBT community often have a hard time getting appropriate health care. But the problems aren't unique to them. Doesn't everyone want to have a doctor call them by their preferred name?

The 2 Things That Rarely Happen After A Medical Mistake

When patients are harmed by a medical error, they rarely are told about it or given an apology, according to a study based on ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire.

TED Radio Hour

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

Morning Edition

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

All Things Considered

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 1 in 3 adults drinks excessively. That means eight or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks a week for men.

New Resiliency Center Supports Marathon Bombing Survivors

November 21, 2014
Tattered blue and gold banners hang outside the Old South Church on Boylston Street in Boston on April 17, 2014. The banners flew last year through the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings near the finish line and remained behind FBI crime scene barriers for eight days, becoming tattered in the wind and rain. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Hundreds of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings are still struggling with physical and psychological wounds. Now, there’s a place where they can come together to support each other.

FDA Approves Slow-Release Painkiller

November 21, 2014
This product image provided by Purdue Pharma shows Hysingla, the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 approved Hysingla, a once-a-day tablet for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. (AP Photo/Purdue Pharma)

Hysingla is designed to prevent people from abusing it as a narcotic. But the FDA says abuse and overdose is still possible.

In Sierra Leone, A Dearth Of Ebola Treatment Centers

November 21, 2014
Nurses wearing personal protective equipment treat Ebola patients at the Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

As Ebola declines in Liberia, it’s on the rise in Sierra Leone. The outbreak has moved from a rural area to the capital.

Baker Names New Health And Human Services Chief

November 21, 2014

Governor-elect Charlie Baker has tapped former mental health commissioner Marylou Sudders to lead his administration’s health and human services secretariat, according to a Baker advisor.

Working Toward A Less Invasive ACL Surgery

November 20, 2014
Syracuse University's best women's basketball player, Brittney Sykes, tore her ACL during an NCAA Tournament game in March. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

The standard surgical repair for an ACL tear involves harvesting a piece of tendon from the patient’s leg and using that to surgically reconstruct the ACL. But one Boston surgeon is developing a new approach to get better results.

With Open Enrollment Underway, Colorado Targets Uninsured

November 20, 2014
Lee Trujillo, a certified health coverage guide for Connect for Health Colorado in Leadville, discusses health insurance options with William and Helen Gallegos. (John Daley/CPR)

John Daley of Colorado Public Radio explains that the push is on to sign up even more people under the Affordable Care Act.

More Companies Selling Antibiotic-Free Meats

November 20, 2014
Turkeys raised without the use of antibiotics are seen at David Martin's farm, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Lebanon, Pa. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Demand is rising for meat raised without antibiotics. The owner of a company specializing in antibiotic-free meat and poultry joins us.

Cholesterol Drug Vytorin Found To Lower Heart Risk

November 18, 2014
A new study finds the drug Vytorin helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. (Schering-Plough via Getty Images)

A new study finds the drug helps lower the cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in at-risk patients.

China Warns Of Cancer Epidemic

November 18, 2014
A Chinese man wears a mask as he waits with others at a bus stop on a smoggy day on March 26, 2014 in Beijing, China. More then 7 million people die worldwide every year due to air pollution and it is now the 'single largest environmental health risk,' the U.N. health agency stated in a recent report. The majority of the deaths associated with air pollution were heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Cancer rates may be falling in many Western countries but they are rising in China. Blame the effects of pollution and unhealthy habits.

Physician Takes Stock Of Her Own Sugar Consumption

November 17, 2014
"It all started with a can of soda disguised as sparkling orange juice," says Dr. Terry L. Schraeder. (Kurtis Garbutt/Flickr)

When it comes to sugar and your health, there are two things you need to know: it’s bad for you. And it’s everywhere. You probably knew that already, but the biggest problem is that you probably don’t know how much sugar you’re consuming.

What Do The Midterms Mean For Medicaid?

November 17, 2014

The head of the National Association of Medicaid Directors discusses the future of Medicaid expansion, as more Republican governors take the helm.

Virulent Strain Of Bird Flu Identified At Netherlands Farm

November 17, 2014
Vehicles are parked in front of the poultry farm in the village of Hekendorp, where a strain of bird flu that can jump the species barrier to humans was identified, on November 16, 2014. Dutch authorities banned the transport of poultry throughout the Netherlands after finding the strain. (Bas Czerwinski/AFP/Getty Images)

To date, no humans have ever had the H5N8 virus, but the strain can be transmitted to humans in close contact.

Barbra Streisand Raises Her Voice Against Heart Disease

November 14, 2014
Barbra Streisand and Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz pose outside Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, which Merz directs. (Courtesy cedars-sinai.edu)

The legendary actress and singer is at the forefront of a new campaign to raise awareness of the “epidemic” affecting women.

Mass. Health Officials, Doctors To Strategize Ways To Curb Opioid Crisis

November 14, 2014

Health officials and clinicians from around the state meet in Boston Friday to find ways to curb opioid crisis and the abuse of prescription pain medications.

Proposed Tobacco Ban Fires Up Citizens Of Small Massachusetts Town

November 13, 2014
Town Vs Tobacco

Westminster, Massachusetts could be the first town in America to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products.

What Does It Mean When Only 40 People Have Your Blood Type?

November 13, 2014
Bags of human blood are filtrated and scanned at the production and logistics center of the Bavarian Red Cross blood donation service in Wiesentheid, southern Germany, on July 24, 2012. (David Ebener/AFP/GettyImages)

“The Man with the Golden Blood” is the story of Thomas, a Swiss boy with the extraordinarily rare blood type RH-null.

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