Health

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October 21, 2014 | KHN · About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.
 

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October 21, 2014 | KHN · To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, died of Ebola in an American hospital. But white American patients have survived. Some Liberians believe racism is the reason for Duncan’s demise.
 

October 18, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.
 

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October 17, 2014 | KQED · Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.
 

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October 17, 2014 | KQED · Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person’s use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.
 

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October 16, 2014 | NPR · More than half of Americans polled said they were concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. within a year. When asked the same question in August, 39 percent of people expressed the same concern.
 

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October 16, 2014 | KUHF · Texas clinics that provide abortion services were surprised by a ruling from the high court this week that allows them to reopen. But the bruising legal battle may have already changed the landscape.
 

October 15, 2014 | NPR · Taming Ebola virus is now a challenge for the American health care system. We track the U.S. experience with Ebola from the discovery of a strain in laboratory monkeys in 1989 to the current outbreak.
 

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October 14, 2014 | KQED · Proposition 46 tackles painkiller abuse, malpractice caps and mandatory drug and alcohol testing of doctors. Backers say the law would enhance patient safety, but doctors say the cost is too high.
 

 

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News

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Liberian health worker Alexander Kollie lost his wife, daughters and brother to Ebola. Then his son tested positive for the disease. He survived, and now father and son are building a new life.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The million-plus healthy residents of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, are doing their best to maintain their lives in a city where Ebola has killed more than 1,300.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.
 

Arts & Life

October 21, 2014 | NPR · Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday’s announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · “The Hot Dog Clock” and “The Forever Diaper” are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new boxed-set releases are aimed at Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
 

Music

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · Will Oldham may guest in this new song from rustic songwriter Doug Paisley, but the star of “Until I Find You” is visual artist Heather Goodchild.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · This week on All Songs Considered: the reunion of a band very dear to our hearts, The Flaming Lips cover Sgt. Pepper’s and selections from NPR Music’s showcase during the CMJ music festival.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The D.C. instrumental rock band’s hefty track sends vibrations through the chest. Black Clouds’ melodies are tastefully driven through what’s surely a spaceship-console-worthy rack of effects pedals.
 

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