Health

New Studies: Low-Salt Diet May Be Harmful

August 14, 2014
Salt shaker (Wen Zhang/Flickr)

Three new studies challenge the low salt intake levels recommended by groups like the American Heart Association.

New Superbug Skyrockets In Southeast

August 13, 2014
The drug-resistant bacteria CRE kills about half of those who get it, and it's on the rise in community hospitals. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The drug-resistant bacteria CRE kills about half of those who get it, and it’s on the rise in community hospitals, according to a new study by Duke University researchers.

After Robin Williams’ Death, A Look At Depression

August 12, 2014
Robin Williams is pictured on July 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Psychiatrist Hursh Trivedi says depression and bipolar disorder “are just as real as heart disease and cancer.”

Coke Tries To Refresh Its Image

August 12, 2014
Soda sales have fallen every year for the last nine years, and Coca-Cola is trying to turn things around. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

U.S. soda sales have fallen every year for the last nine years, and Coca-Cola is trying to turn things around.

Doctor Who Died From Ebola Was A ‘Tremendous Human Being’

August 12, 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)

Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University School of Medicine discusses the work of Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who died from Ebola.

Doctor Performs Abortions ‘Because I’m A Christian’

August 11, 2014
Dr. Willie J. Parker, pictured here on April 15, 2013, travels from Chicago about once a month to work at the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Willie Parker is one of two doctors who performs abortions at the only women’s health clinic in Mississippi where abortions are performed.

Will Marijuana Follow In The Steps Of Big Tobacco?

August 8, 2014
Marijuana matures at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver, Colo., December 2013. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

Tobacco addition increased after “innovations” that made it easier to inhale, more addictive and less expensive.

Ebola Outbreak Declared A Global Emergency

August 8, 2014
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan on August 8 in Geneva gives a press conference following a two-day emergency meeting on west Africa's Ebola epidemic, as the death toll nears 1,000.  The UN health body said its emergency committee, which includes global medical and policy experts, had declared the deadliest known outbreak of the Ebola virus a "public health emergency of international concern." (Alain Grosclaude/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton joins us from Sierra Leone to discuss reaction to the outbreak and challenges health workers face.

Company Seeks Approval For Experimental Ebola Drug

August 7, 2014
In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. (Center for Disease Control via Getty Images)

The head of the Massachusetts company explains how the treatment would work and what it would take to get it to patients.

Former Ambassador Shares Lessons On Ebola

August 6, 2014
Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (Sunday Alamba/AP)

Robin Sanders was serving as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Congo during a 2002 outbreak. She discusses what she learned.

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.

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