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Experimental Malaria Vaccine Slashes Infection Risk By Half

Several thousand young African children who got three doses of the experimental vaccine had about 55 percent less risk of getting malaria over a year than those who got a control vaccine against rabies or meningitis.

Caring For Aging Parents Who Cared For You

Tell Me More continues its series on aging and the end of life. Children who care for aging parents may experience a confusing reversal of roles. Also, author and journalist Jane Gross finds that about 28 percent of the U.S. population are unpaid family caregivers, and among them, about 43 million are responsible for an older adult. Michel Martin speaks with Gross, "My Mother's Brain" blog author Beatriz Terrazas and "Speakeasy" blog editor Christopher John Farley.

The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

Nathan Wolfe travels to the viral hot spots of the world, where viruses first jump from animals to humans. The scientist spends his days tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turn into global pandemics.

How Hairdressers Can Help Fight Skin Cancer

Over a lifetime, our heads and necks receive a ton of exposure to the sun's UV rays. But most medical checkups don't include exhaustive exams of our hair and head. So public health researchers want to recruit hair stylists to help. It turns out, some of them are already performing informal skin cancer exams on clients.

Curbing Cooking Smoke That Kills More People Than Malaria

Limited research on the health effects of indoor cookstoves and lack of affordable stoves and fuel has contributed to the problem of people getting sick and dying from indoor exposure to cooking smoke, say NIH Director Francis Collins and others.

Making Sense of Your Medical Math

Sooner or later most people who are trying to make a medical decision have to decipher statistics that describe how successful a particular treatment is likely to be. It's not as hard a task as you might think.