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If You're Going To Die Soon, Do You Really Need Statins?

Many older people are taking a lot of meds, and some drugs may not be doing them much good. When terminally ill people went off statins, they said they felt better. And it didn't increase their risk.

As Ebola Crisis Ebbs, Aid Agencies Turn To Building Up Health Systems

The virus is largely contained in Liberia. But an already-fragile health care system has been devastated. Crucially important workers have died. Will the world pay attention — and pitch in?

Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

The limit for healthy drinking may be less than you think — one drink a day for women and two for men, according to health experts. New strategies aim to help heavy drinkers reduce their intake.

Patients Freeze Scalps To Save Hair During Chemo

When Brandie Saint Claire was diagnosed with throat cancer, she found a treatment that let her keep her hair during chemotherapy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Saint Claire about using cold caps.

90 Years After Its Discovery, No Generic Insulin Sold In The U.S.

A low-cost version the hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is no longer available in the United States. This story first aired March 19 on Morning Edition.

'How Unromantic It Is To Die Of Tuberculosis In The 21st Century'

That's what a patient in Russia said a few years ago. In fact, 1.5 million people do die of the airborne infection each year. Here's what the world needs to do to fight this generally curable scourge.

Communicating The Right Message About Ebola

A year after the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa, NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Adolphus Scott of UNICEF and Jana Telfer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the vital role of public messaging in fighting the disease.

How The First Bite Of Food Sets The Body's Clock

Researchers are starting to learn why, when we cross time zones or pull an all-nighter, our bodies get out of sync. This story first aired March 10 on Morning Edition.

A Year Of Ebola: Memorable Moments From Our Reporters' Notebooks

They remember an early survivor, the crying baby, the teenager who wouldn't give up, the woman who had only bananas to eat, people shaking hands again despite the risks.

Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Researchers who helped develop powerful techniques warn that tweaking the genome is now easy. More public debate's needed, they say, before making changes in genes passed from parent to child.