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Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

One challenge in evaluating the effectiveness of different medical procedures, is that patients behave differently after different procedures. Is this true for patients getting heart surgery?

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Sierra Leone Colleagues Mourn Dr. Salia Who Succumb To Ebola

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

Dr. Martin Salia died at Nebraska Medical Center after being evacuated from Sierra Leone, where he worked as a surgeon in several hospitals. Mourners gathered at 1 of the hospitals where he worked.

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Interracial Couple Concerned How Their Children Will Be Accepte

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

NPR's Michele Norris concludes her conversation with Marc Quarles of Pacific Grove, California. His six words submission to The Race Card Project: "With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone: Thug."

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Rendering: The World's Oldest Recycling System

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

Americans eat only about half of the meat produced by farm animals. But instead of wasting pounds of uneaten meat, meatpackers re-use the rest to produce everything from pet food to lubricants to pharmaceuticals — in a process known as rendering. As part of our series on food waste, we visit a slaughterhouse and rendering facility to examine what some call the original recycling industry.

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Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Encourages Chinese To Stop Buying Ivory

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

Retired NBA player Yao Ming has embarked on a mission to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa. His goal is to convince people in his native China not to buy ivory. Yao stars in the upcoming documentary "Saving Africa's Giants With Yao Ming."

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Who Pays For Outdated Power Plant Which Lacks Customers?

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

Electricity rates in Michigan's Upper Peninsula could go up next month as much as 30 percent. That's because residents might have to start paying to keep a coal plant open that isn't needed anymore.

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Numbers Dwindle Of Living Children Of Civil War Veterans

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep report on two living children of Civil War veterans.

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Four Years Living In A War Zone, Syrians Struggle To Get By

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to Syrian filmmaker Saeed Albatal, which is a pseudonym he uses because he lives in a war zone. He paints a picture of what daily life is like.

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France Shocked That Frenchman Is Knife-Wielding ISIS Militant

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

French officials have confirmed that at least one Frenchman appears in a video that shows the beheaded bodies of an American aid worker and 18 Syrian soldiers. The discovery has heightened fears over the increasing number of young Europeans going to Syria to fight with extremists.

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A Syrian's Struggle To Get By

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

We rarely hear from the Syrian civilians trapped by the country's civil war. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks to a Syrian filmmaker and photographer who describes life in a rebel enclave outside Damascus.

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Native Americans Urged To Sign Up For Private Insurance

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am

The second round of buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges has started. Health officials say Native Americans may have much to gain by buying insurance there.

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Near The Front Lines In Iraq, An Homage To The White House

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:34am

Kurdish businessman Shihab Shihab decided he'd like to live in the White House. So he is building a 32,000-feet version of the U.S. presidential residence in Erbil, near the raging war against ISIS.

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Firm Accused Of Illegal Practices That Push Families Into Foreclosure

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:33am

A class action lawsuit alleges Ocwen Financial, one of the nation's largest mortgage servicers, charges marked-up and illegal fees. The firm says it will vigorously defend itself against the claims.

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Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:32am

Physicians have been warning for years about a coming shortage of primary care doctors. But others say primary care teams that include other types of health workers might fill the gap better.

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Guarding The Ebola Border

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:30am

Ivory Coast is determined to keep Ebola out. The government shut down the border, and enlisted local villagers to serve as informal border security.

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Who Started A Chain Of Ebola Infections In A Village In Sierra Leone?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:53pm

Why is Sierra Leone reporting an uptick in Ebola cases while Liberia's outbreak is slowing? The chain of events in one village points up the obstacles that the country is facing.

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Hunter Misses Deer, Hits Desk

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:32am

Jay Campbell was hunting in upstate New York. On the first day of the season, he fired on a deer, broke a window instead and the bullet lodge in a desk. He faces criminal mischief charges.

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Same Suit, Different Day For Australia TV Host

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:22am

Karl Stefanovic, the co-host of Australia's Today Show, revealed that he's been wearing the same suit on TV every day for a year, and no one noticed.

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StoryCorps Founder David Isay Wins 2015 TED Prize

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:55am

Each year TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, awards the prize to one exceptional individual. Since Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, nearly 100,000 Americans have participated.

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Is Beauty In The Eye(Lid) Of The Beholder?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:15am

Half of people of Asian descent have double eyelids — folds above the lash line — and the other don't. There's a controversial surgery some people get to give themselves that crease.

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