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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.

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.

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