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Hacking The Brain With Electricity: Don't Try This At Home

Small jolts of electricity to the brain can treat diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's. But some healthy people are trying electrical stimulation to make the brain sharper. And it may not be safe.
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How MERS Made The Leap From Animals To Humans

David Quammen writes about how diseases jump from animals to people. He explains recent outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Disease, or MERS, including three cases discovered in the U.S. this month.
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MERS Appears To Spread With Business-Meeting Contact

NPR's Lynn Neary talks to science correspondent Rob Stein about the first human-to-human infection of MERS in the U.S.
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Intriguing Lime Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

It's dry. Empty. Rocks everywhere. About 10,000 feet up in the Andes. Then, all of a sudden you see an enormous, lime green, tasty-looking lump. Should you lick it?

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Veterans Advocate Says He Fears Loss Of Faith In VA

Veteran Tom Tarantino says allegations of delayed health care for veterans should be taken more seriously. But he says the care can be great, "once you actually get in" the system.
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Filtering A New Idea: A Book That's Educational And 'Drinkable'

Improving access to clean water can reduce the spread of diarrheal diseases in developing countries. The "Drinkable Book" should help: It has water safety tips and each page works as a filter.
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Doctors' Ignorance Stands In The Way Of Care For The Disabled

Nearly 20 percent of Americans have physical or mental disabilities, yet only a small fraction of medical schools teach students how to talk with disabled patients about their needs.
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Measles And Mumps Make A Comeback

Measles and mumps outbreaks in the U.S. are at an all-time high. NPR's Scott Simon talks with professor of preventive medicine William Schaffner about how the viruses are spreading and why.
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High Charges By Doctors May Or May Not Be Red Flags For Fraud

The government recently released a trove of information on how much doctors are charging Medicare. It does seem like some doctors are overcharging, but the explanation of high fees can be complicated.
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FDA Dangles Golden Ticket To Spur Drugs For Neglected Diseases

The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new drug for leishmaniasis came with a voucher that can be redeemed to speed up the approval of a much more lucrative drug in the future.

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