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Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

September 1, 2014
Dr. Dan Guilfoil, director of labor and delivery at Hahnemann, says the hospital has taken a number of steps to encourage breastfeeding, including a ban on goodie bags from formula companies. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The city’s major birthing hospitals have stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola

August 28, 2014
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is among those canceling its fall programs in West Africa. Pictured are incoming freshman attending Liberty University's summer orientation. (Ty Hester/Liberty University via Facebook)

With the growing concern, many universities around the world have suspended their fall semester programs in West Africa.

Drug Addiction Treatment Is Controversial In Guatemala

August 28, 2014
One of the private rehabilitation centers that have sprung up in Guatemala City. (BBC)

The vast majority of people at treatment centers in Guatemala City were sent to rehab by their families – against their will.

‘Exoskeleton’ Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

August 27, 2014
Gene Laureano, a 51-year-old Army veteran from the Bronx, uses the ReWalk exoskeleton. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

ReWalk Robotics has built a motorized exoskeleton that gives some people with debilitating spinal injuries the ability to walk.

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

August 25, 2014
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending middle schools and high schools start later so teenagers can get more sleep. (JF Sebastian/Flickr)

Many studies have shown that the average adolescent doesn’t get enough sleep, and that can cause physical and mental health issues.

Travel Restrictions Tightened Amid Ebola Fears

August 22, 2014
A doctor of the national public health institute takes the temperature of a man at the airport, in Abidjan, on August 13, 2014, as part of protective measures against the Ebola virus. The Ivory Coast announced on August 11 that it has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the West African nation. (Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)

Countries continue to impose travel restrictions, even though the World Health Organization has not recommended them.

New Restrictions On Hydrocodone To Take Effect

August 22, 2014
Hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin, are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Hundreds of medicines contain hydrocodone, the addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

CDC Director On Release Of American Ebola Patients

August 21, 2014
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat." (Molly Riley/AP)

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses recovery and release of the American patients.

2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital

August 21, 2014
Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, left, embraces Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, after being released from Emory University Hospital, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)

Emory University Hospital officials say Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are both free of the virus and pose no public health risk.

In Liberia, Ebola Quarantine Sparks Riots

August 20, 2014
Members of Liberia's Ebola Task Force enforce a quarantine on the West Point slum on August 20, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The military began enforcing a quarantine on West Point, a congested favela of 75,000, fearing a spread of the Ebola epidemic in the capital city. Liberian soldiers were also sent in to extract West Point Commissioner Miata Flowers and her family members after residents blamed the government for setting up a holding center for suspected Ebola patients in their community. A mob overran and closed the facility on August 16. The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,200 people in four African nations, more in Liberia than any other country. (John Moore/Getty Images)

NPR photographer David Gilkey is in Liberia’s capital Monrovia and discusses what he saw this morning as the riots began.

NH Governor Declares Emergency Over Drug Called ‘Spice’

August 18, 2014
'Smacked' is one brand of so-called "spice" sold in New Hampshire stores. (Manchester Police Department via NHPR)

The synthetic marijuana substance is sold in convenience stores and gas stations, and state authorities are looking at how to ban it.

As Pot Laws Relax, Restrictions On Research Still Tight

August 18, 2014
A worker cultivates a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web inside a greenhouse, in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 7, 2014. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

The firing of a University of Arizona doctor highlights the complexity and politics of marijuana research.

Sports In The Age Of HIV And Aids

August 15, 2014
Twenty-four years after being diagnosed with HIV, Steve Harrington is still here -- a fact he attributes to medication and a love of basketball, which keeps him physically fit and mentally focused. (David C. Barnett/ideastream)

While drug cocktails are helping to keep more athletes alive, strict safety precautions are in force on the courts and fields.

Retailers Face Rising Pressure Over Chemical Triclosan

August 15, 2014
A bottle of antibacterial soap contains the active ingredient triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent that has been linked to cancerous cell growth and disruptions in development in animals. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The antibacterial agent is often used in products like soap and toothpaste, and has been linked to health problems in animals.

Ebola Outbreak Is Worse Than Previously Thought

August 15, 2014
A burial team prepares to collect the dead body of a woman suspected of dying of the Ebola virus on August 14, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Teams of undertakers wearing protective clothing are collecting victims from all over the capital Monrovia, where the spread of the highly contagious and deadly Ebola virus has been called catastrophic. The epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries. (John Moore/Getty Images)

NPR’s Jason Beaubien joins us from Liberia, which the United Nations says is now the epicenter of reported cases.

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