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Why Ebola Is Not Going To Spread In The U.S.

August 5, 2014
A picture taken on June 28 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

Bioethicist Art Caplan explains why there will not be an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. – even though patients are being flown back for treatment.

Missionaries Receive Experimental Ebola Serum

August 4, 2014
Emory University Hospital is seen on August 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health discusses the serum given to two American missionaries infected with Ebola.

Expert: Ebola Patient Poses ‘Absolutely No Risk’ To Atlanta

August 1, 2014
Officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital say they expect one of the Americans infected with Ebola to be transferred there "within the next several days." (Daniel Mayer/Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. William Schaffner says Americans shouldn’t be worried about the patient’s transfer to the U.S.

Widow Of American Ebola Victim Speaks Out

July 31, 2014
Decontee Sawyer, wife of Liberian government official Patrick Sawyer, a U.S. citizen who died from Ebola after traveling from Liberia to Nigeria, cradles her 1-year-old daughter Bella at her home in Coon Rapids, Minn., Tuesday, July 29 (Craig Lassig/AP).

We hear from Decontee Sawyer of Minnesota, whose husband, a Liberian government official, became the first American to die in this outbreak.

Mississippi’s Only Clinic Where Abortions Are Performed Stays Open, For Now

July 30, 2014
This Nov. 21, 2013 photo shows abortion support signs outside of the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

A federal appeals court blocked implementation of a state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.

Google Asks, What Makes Us Healthy? Skeptics Ask, Should Google Be The One To Know?

July 29, 2014
In this photo illustration, the Google logo is reflected in the eye of a girl on February 3, 2008 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Google has announced a massive science project, Baseline Study, to provide the most complete possible picture of a healthy human body.

Are House Calls Making A Comeback?

July 28, 2014
The house call might be coming back, in a big way. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Avir Mitra of WHYY reports that due to a growing older population and rising medical costs, the doctor home visit is getting a second look.

New HBO Documentary ‘Love Child’ Looks At Gaming Addiction

July 28, 2014
The HBO documentary "Love Child" tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they spent up to 12 hours a day taking care of a virtual child. (Courtesy of HBO)

“Love Child” tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they cared for a virtual child.

Ebola Epidemic Strikes Top Health Worker

July 25, 2014
A picture taken on June 28 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Jason Beaubien just returned from Sierra Leone, which along with Guinea and Liberia is suffering from the worst ever Ebola outbreak.

Federal Health Insurance Exchange Activity Remains High

July 24, 2014
Andres Cuartas sits with an an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act, at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 31, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New federal data obtained by ProPublica shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April – an unexpectedly high number.

Jury Awards $14M In Death Of Nursing Home Resident

July 24, 2014

A Middlesex County jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a 90-year-old nursing home resident who died in 2008 after being taken to the hospital suffering from a variety of untreated ailments.

New California Football Law Aims To Tackle Brain Injuries Head-On

July 23, 2014
Central Catholic's Reggie Bland (24) in action in a California Interscholastic Federation Division 4 high school football championship game in Carson, Calif., Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

Amid concerns about concussions and brain injuries, the law will limit full-contact drills for teams in both public and private schools.

Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect On The Brain

July 23, 2014
Click to enlarge. (Source: Pat Levitt, 2009)

This is the final piece in a series of reports from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

Cleveland Kiosk Delivers Virtual Health Care

July 23, 2014
Medical technician Heather Roberts stands outside the HealthSpot kiosk in Cleveland's Central Promise neighbhorhood. (Sarah Jane Tribble)

The future of health care might be sitting in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s an enclosed kiosk where patients see a doctor.

Hospital To Pay $150,000 For Lost Data, Records In Mass.

July 23, 2014

A Rhode Island hospital has agreed to pay $150,000 in Massachusetts after losing backup tapes that contained the personal information of more than 12,000 Massachusetts residents.

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