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Less-Addictive Opioids Could Boost Drug Firms' Image

Drug users are testing opioids that are less prone to abuse than current drugs. David Crow of the Financial Times tells NPR's Rachel Martin the drugs could also boost profits for pharmaceutical firms.

No Shame, No Euphemism: Suicide Isn't A Natural Cause Of Death

A doctor's mother loved medicines and their potential for miracles, but she always sought to ditch them the moment she felt better. Her mental health problems eventually overwhelmed her.

How Sierra Leone's Most Famous Journalist Helped NPR Get The Ebola Story

At the height of the epidemic, Umaru Fofana was our guide — and a one-man solution system. This summer, he stopped by NPR's headquarters for a reunion with our Ebola reporting team.

All Things Considered

Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Questions About Fetal Tissue Research

A series of sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood is raising questions about the field of fetal tissue research. Companies who buy and sell such tissue defend their work.

She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

Born deaf and blind to a refugee mother, Haben Girma has had opportunities in the U.S. she'd never have had in Eritrea. But it was an urge for dessert that led her to advocate for the disabled.

Toxic Lead Contaminates Some Traditional Ayurvedic Medicines

The treatments are popular in India and the United States, but some can be contaminated with high levels of lead and other toxic metals. People continue to be harmed.

New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

The trial of the VSV-EBOV vaccine was called Ebola ça Suffit — French for "Ebola that's enough." Researchers say it's both effective and quick, with no new Ebola cases 6 days after vaccination.

More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

More than two-thirds of Californians who didn't have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014 have it now. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey documents the changes.

TED Radio Hour

What Does It Mean To Be A "Cancer Survivor"?

Debra Jarvis had breast cancer, but it doesn't define her, she says. Jarvis explains how clinging to the identity of "survivor" sometimes stifles personal growth.

TED Radio Hour

Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers?

Dr. Dean Ornish studied how lifestyle changes could help people with chronic heart disease; he wanted to figure out if there was a way to do the same with some types of cancer.

How Google Glass Recently Became An E.R. Gadget

July 31, 2015
Christoph Kaufmann, director of the trauma center at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is shown wearing Google Glass. (Prachi Patel/IEEE)

While the product flopped with consumers, trauma surgeons are using Google Glass while treating critically injured patients.

HIV/AIDS Is A Growing Problem In The South

July 31, 2015
Dwayne Banks, right, Health Education Specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, counsels a participant after receiving a free HIV test from AID Atlanta as part of National HIV Testing Day in June 2013, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

Atlanta’s metro area has one of the highest rates in the country for new diagnoses of HIV and AIDS.

Researcher Describes Feelings Working With Fetal Tissue

July 31, 2015

Nathalia Holt, a microbiologist and science writer, recently wrote about what she says were some uneasy feelings in the lab.

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise To Stop Virus

July 31, 2015
The wrapped remains of a new born child suspected of contracting the Ebola virus, lays on a stretcher as health workers, dressed in Ebola protective gear, move the body for burial in Dubreka, Guinea on June 19. (Youssouf Bah/AP)

The experimental vaccine was tested in Guinea. World Health Organization officials are hopeful it works to stop the deadly virus.

OB-GYN Residents Explain Complexity Of Training To Provide Abortions

July 30, 2015
Pro-life and anti-abortion demonstrators converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Jan. 22, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

If there’s one thing pro-life and pro-choice camps can agree on, it’s that the decision to have an abortion can be a difficult one. But the decision to perform abortions can be difficult for medical providers, too.

Medicare, Medicaid Turn 50 Years Old

July 30, 2015
President Lyndon B. Johnson uses the last of many pens to complete the signing of the Medicare Bill into law at ceremonies at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, on July 30, 1965, with former President Harry S. Truman at his side. (AP)

Former President Harry Truman was the first to enroll in Medicare.

Do Background Checks For Gun Sales Really Work?

July 29, 2015
Federal investigators respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (AP)

Guns, background checks, and mass shootings. A new outcry over the system that decide who gets a gun and who doesn’t.

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain ‘In Many, Many Ways’

July 27, 2015
Walking (Montse PB/Flickr)

“A bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin,” says John Ratey, “because it does the same thing.”

World’s First Malaria Vaccine A Step Closer To Use On Babies

July 24, 2015
A mother sits with her sick child in a bed with mosquito net in a hospital on April 24, 2015 in the popular suburb of Port-Bouet in Abidjan, on the eve of the World Malaria Day on April 25, 2015. (Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)

Mosquirix, developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, has been given the green light by drug regulators in Europe.

Exercising The Aging Brain

July 24, 2015
Experts say exercise and socializing helps the brain. Here, George Jackson, right, 85, an army veteran and former boxer, exercises with Mary Diner, left, as they participate at a parkour class for elderly people in south London. The unique weekly class for people over 60 called parkour, a flashy discipline usually known for its acrobatic running, climbing and gravity-defying jumps. While most fitness classes aimed at seniors focus on calmer activities like dance or yoga, experts say parkour is a reasonable, if unorthodox, option., (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

From forgetting the keys to real dementia, the exercises – body and mind – that can actually help the aging brain.

Week In The News: Sandra Bland, Cuban Embassy, Obama In Kenya

July 24, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks to the media during a tour of the World Trade International Bridge at the U.S. Mexico border in Laredo, Texas, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP)

The traffic stop and Sandra Bland. The Cuban flag flies in Washington. A Trump tizzy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Tulsa Braces For 100-Degree Weekend

July 23, 2015
Liz Moody, left, and Stephanie Russell, right, both of Forest Grove, Oregon, cover their heads with towls to keep cool as they watch the Japan-Canada World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Hot summer days are great for beachgoers, but they also endanger millions of lives. Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S.

Building Support For Black Cancer Patients

July 23, 2015
Bridgette Hempstead, 54, left, breast cancer survivor and founder of Cierra Sisters, Inc., an African-American breast cancer survivor and support organization, stands with Charity Jokonya, 41, also a breast cancer survivor, in Hempstead's home in Seattle on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Mike Kane/KUOW)

Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult enough, but for African-Americans, the odds of surviving the disease are lower than whites.

CDC Study: Teen Sex, Pregnancy On The Decline

July 23, 2015
According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of teens between 15 and 19 say they’ve had sex and teen births have declined by 57 percent over the last 30 years. (kidoki/Flickr)

The number of teenagers having sex is at the lowest level in 25 years. Less than half of 15 to 19-year-olds say they’ve had sex.

Why Thousands Of Rape Kits Are Going Untested

July 23, 2015
Thousands of rape kits across the country are going untested., according to a new investigation from USA Today Media.
(Lonnie Timmons III/The Plain Dealer via NPR)

More than 70,000 untested rape kits in more than 1,000 police departments across the country. We’ll ask why.

Documenting California’s Epic Drought

July 23, 2015
Fishermen are dwarfed by the rising banks of Lake McClure.  Located 40 miles east of Modesto and fed by the waters of the Merced River, water levels at the lake stand at less than ten percent of capacity.  (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

A reporter and photographer on a road trip across California, looking at how the drought has reshaped lives there.

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