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Dreaming Up A Safer, Cooler PPE For Ebola Fighters

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are revamping the Ebola suit. They've come up with a design that's safer, cooler and easier to take off than the space suits currently in use in West Africa.
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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram

What are the odds that you'll get a false positive when you get a mammogram? How likely is it that it will detect cancer? Here's one way to look at it.
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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.
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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.
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Risks Have Never Been Greater For Medical Workers In Conflict Zones

They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.
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Mental Health Policy Recommendations In Virginia Get Key Endorsement

Proposed reforms to the way emergency care is handled for mental health crises got a boost this week from a Virginia legislative panel formed in the wake of the suicide of the son of State Sen. Creigh Deeds.

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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.
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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.
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Report: D.C. Taking Steps Forward In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Just a few years ago, the District had a three percent rate of HIV infection. Since then a lot has improved, according to the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.
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India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger

Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.

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