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August 25, 2014 12 Comments

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

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

August 22, 2014 Comment

Travel Restrictions Tightened Amid Ebola Fears

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

August 22, 2014 19 Comments

New Restrictions On Hydrocodone To Take Effect

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

August 21, 2014 Comment

CDC Director On Release Of American Ebola Patients

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

August 21, 2014 4 Comments

2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital

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

August 20, 2014 2 Comments

In Liberia, Ebola Quarantine Sparks Riots

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

August 18, 2014 Comment

NH Governor Declares Emergency Over Drug Called ‘Spice’

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

August 18, 2014 13 Comments

As Pot Laws Relax, Restrictions On Research Still Tight

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

August 15, 2014 Comment

Sports In The Age Of HIV And Aids

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

August 15, 2014 2 Comments

Retailers Face Rising Pressure Over Chemical Triclosan

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

August 15, 2014 Comment

Ebola Outbreak Is Worse Than Previously Thought

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

August 14, 2014 2 Comments

New Studies: Low-Salt Diet May Be Harmful

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

August 13, 2014 5 Comments

New Superbug Skyrockets In Southeast

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.

August 12, 2014 48 Comments

After Robin Williams’ Death, A Look At Depression

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

August 12, 2014 12 Comments

Coke Tries To Refresh Its Image

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

August 12, 2014 Comment

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

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

August 11, 2014 208 Comments

Doctor Performs Abortions ‘Because I’m A Christian’

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

August 8, 2014 5 Comments

Will Marijuana Follow In The Steps Of Big Tobacco?

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

August 8, 2014 Comment

Ebola Outbreak Declared A Global Emergency

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

August 7, 2014 Comment

Company Seeks Approval For Experimental Ebola Drug

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

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August 25 12 Comments

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

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

August 25 11 Comments

A Police Officer On Lessons From Ferguson

Jim Bueermann says the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath point to the need for a conversation about policing in the U.S.

August 22 Comment

Legal Battle Could Prevent Opening Of Popular Utah Ski Mountain

The dispute raises the possibility that Park City could be facing a season without an operational mountain.

August 22 8 Comments

Hip Hop Community Responds To Ferguson

Lauryn Hill's song "Black Rage" is one of several released in response to the shooting and protests in Ferguson.