Health Desk http://wuis.org en Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge http://wuis.org/post/life-after-ice-buckets-als-group-faces-94-million-challenge The ALS <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/23/342652065/weekend-host-accepts-ice-bucket-challenge">ice bucket challenge</a> continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as <a href="http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html">Lou Gehrig's disease</a>. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 32167 at http://wuis.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu http://wuis.org/post/lizards-and-worms-should-not-be-school-lunch-menu Rice and lentils was the free lunch on Aug. 22 at the Government Model Senior Secondary school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.<p>Teachers took a look at the meal.<p><a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Students-go-hungry-as-school-rejects-Citco-meal/articleshow/40637997.cms">They found worms</a>.<p>Lunch was not served. Seven hundred students reportedly went home hungry after their school day.<p>India's free school lunch program is the largest in the world. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:19:00 +0000 editor 32140 at http://wuis.org Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head http://wuis.org/post/rice-bucket-challenge-put-rice-bucket-do-not-pour-over-head There's the Ice Bucket Challenge. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:44:00 +0000 editor 32134 at http://wuis.org Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese http://wuis.org/post/science-crowns-mozzarella-king-pizza-cheese Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, <a href="http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12355000/pdf/DBrief/11_consumption_of_pizza_0710.pdf">according to</a> the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.<strong> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 32123 at http://wuis.org After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises http://wuis.org/post/after-inspector-general-report-veterans-want-more-promises <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+Inspector+General+Report%2C+Veterans+Want+More+Than+Promises&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. Sometimes a headline doesn't quite do justice to the real story. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 32115 at http://wuis.org Why Patients Aren't Coming To Liberia's Redemption Hospital http://wuis.org/post/why-patients-arent-coming-liberias-redemption-hospital Redemption Hospital is a government-run facility in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia.<p>It offers care to all who come, free of charge.<p>Only now, patients aren't coming. It's rainy season — and malaria season. Tita Horace, head nurse of the pediatric ward, says her department usually sees 25 patients a day this time of year. Today, there are only five.<p>The sick are staying away, she explains, because they are afraid. "Some of them are afraid that maybe when they come they will get in contact with [an] Ebola patient. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:38:00 +0000 editor 32112 at http://wuis.org Why Patients Aren't Coming To Liberia's Redemption Hospital Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months? http://wuis.org/post/hello-may-i-help-you-plan-your-final-months Imagine you're at home. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.<p>"My name is Kate. I'm a health care counselor," the gentle voice of the caller says from her cubicle in Cherry Hill, N.J.<p>This is not a typical telemarketing call. She wants to talk with you about your serious illness and, eventually, if you're ready to think about it, what you'd like to have happen at the end of your life.<p>Kate Schleicher, 27, is a licensed clinical social worker. At the start of the call, she knows almost as little about you as you know about her. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:28:00 +0000 editor 32107 at http://wuis.org Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months? Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not http://wuis.org/post/build-toothbrush-change-world-or-not Some people dream of climbing Mount Everest or riding a bicycle across the country. <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-davidson-rdh-bsdh/68/a46/417">Mike Davidson's dream</a> has been to create the perfect toothbrush, and now he thinks he's done it.<p>The saga of this brush tells a lot about the passion and persistence to take an idea and turn it into a product.<p>Shots first <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/12/27/168080635/the-quest-for-the-perfect-toothbrush">introduced you</a> to Davidson in 2012. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Joe Palca 32108 at http://wuis.org Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment http://wuis.org/post/depressed-teens-may-need-extra-support-stick-treatment Say a pediatrician notices that one of her teenage patients is showing signs of depression. In most cases, the doctor will notify parents and prescribe an antidepressant or recommend a therapist.<p>The trouble is, many of those teens won't go to therapy or won't stick with it. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:11:00 +0000 editor 32098 at http://wuis.org VA Deputy Secretary On Wait Times: 'We Owe The American People An Apology' http://wuis.org/post/va-deputy-secretary-wait-times-we-owe-american-people-apology <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=VA+Deputy+Secretary+On+Wait+Times%3A+%27We+Owe+The+American+People+An+Apology%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExMDI3NjQ1MDEzNjMwMjk0NzlhYzMyZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>For more on the VA Inspector General's report and the department's response, I am joined now by the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson. Welcome to the program.<p>SLOAN GIBSON: Melissa, thank you very much. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 32087 at http://wuis.org CDC Director On Ebola: 'We Are Definitely Not At The Peak' http://wuis.org/post/cdc-director-ebola-we-are-definitely-not-peak On Monday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov">U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>, arrived in Liberia to assess the Ebola outbreak. The situation "is overwhelming," he said.<p>The outbreak "really is a crisis and is affecting most if not all the counties in Liberia already," he told NPR from Monrovia, the capital city and first stop on a three-country visit. "This is absolutely unprecedented."<p>The CDC, Frieden said, "is working flat out on this, but this is huge and needs a global response. ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32088 at http://wuis.org CDC Director On Ebola: 'We Are Definitely Not At The Peak' How Ebola Kills You: It's Not The Virus http://wuis.org/post/how-ebola-kills-you-its-not-virus Ebola has a nasty reputation for the way it damages the body. It's rightfully earned.<p>"At the end stage of the disease, you have small leaks in blood vessels," says <a href="http://microbiology.utmb.edu/faculty/Geisbert.asp">Thomas Geisbert</a>, an immunologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "You end up with essentially no blood pressure. Your body temperature drops and you go into shock."<p>But when you look at the nitty-gritty details of an Ebola infection, a surprising fact surfaces: The virus isn't what ends up killing you. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 editor 32082 at http://wuis.org How Ebola Kills You: It's Not The Virus HealthCare.gov Recruits Leader Of Successful Connecticut Effort http://wuis.org/post/healthcaregov-recruits-leader-successful-connecticut-effort The federal government has recruited the leader of one of the most successful state health insurance marketplaces to lead the federal health exchange, in the hope that the second year of Obamacare will go more smoothly than the first.<p>Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut's health insurance marketplace, will be the new CEO of HealthCare.gov, the website that 36 states use to sell insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.<p>Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell tapped Counihan to lead the site as part of a <a href="http:/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 32075 at http://wuis.org HealthCare.gov Recruits Leader Of Successful Connecticut Effort Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors http://wuis.org/post/health-organizations-call-ban-e-cigarettes-indoors Tobacco control advocates disagree on whether e-cigarettes are a useful tool to get smokers off tobacco, or just a sleeker form of one of the world's deadliest addictions.<p>A lot of that discord comes from the fact that there's just not enough science to know the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in a vapor rather than through tobacco smoke. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:51:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 32068 at http://wuis.org Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services http://wuis.org/post/federal-officials-order-medicaid-cover-autism-services When Yuri Maldonado's 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California's Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough.<p>Medi-Cal, as California's plan is called, does provide coverage of autism services for some children who are severely disabled by the disorder, in contrast to many states that offer no autism coverage. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 32063 at http://wuis.org Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak? http://wuis.org/post/could-2-year-old-boy-be-patient-zero-ebola-outbreak Back in early December, a little boy in southern Guinea caught a mysterious disease. He had a fever, was vomiting and had blood in his stool.<p>The boy died a few days later. Before he did, he passed the disease to his 3-year-old sister, his mother, his grandmother and a midwife. The latter was eventually hospitalized in <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gueckedou,+Guinea/@8.5652125,-10.1247811,6z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0xfa9ba392b2d0fc9:0xdfa1e679fbc37934">Gueckedou</a>, a nearby city of 200,000 people.<p>By March, the disease spread to four cities. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 32038 at http://wuis.org Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak? Liberia's President Apologizes To The Mother Of A Slain Teenager http://wuis.org/post/liberias-president-apologizes-mother-slain-teenager She came to say how sorry she was.<p>Today, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, visited the poor neighborhood of West Point, now under quarantine after suspected Ebola patients fled a treatment center a week ago Saturday. On Wednesday, during protests over the quarantine, 15-year-old Shakie Kamara was shot in the legs by security forces. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Marc Silver 32025 at http://wuis.org Liberia's President Apologizes To The Mother Of A Slain Teenager A New Strain Of Ebola Emerges In Democratic Republic Of Congo http://wuis.org/post/new-strain-ebola-emerges-democratic-republic-congo <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+New+Strain+Of+Ebola+Emerges+In+Democratic+Republic+Of+Congo&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Another country is reporting deaths from the Ebola virus. The government in the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that two people there have died and many more are infected. The outbreak appears unrelated to the epidemic now sweeping through West Africa. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 editor 32016 at http://wuis.org Donated Breast Milk Helps Sick Infants http://wuis.org/post/donated-breast-milk-helps-sick-infants <p>The matter of what to feed an infant has been a historically controversial one. August is National Breastfeeding Month, which is not only meant to draw attention to the fact it's generally considered the best food for babies, but also that not all newborns have access to breast milk - which can be a life-threatening thing for some. Carissa Hawkins is with 'The Milk Bank' - located in Indiana and a supplier for states in the Midwest. She recently spoke with us about it:</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.themilkbank.org/">CLICK HERE</a> for more info about The Milk Bank.</p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:00:20 +0000 Rachel Otwell 32006 at http://wuis.org Donated Breast Milk Helps Sick Infants Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens' Health http://wuis.org/post/pediatricians-say-school-should-start-later-teens-health Many parents have pushed for a later start to the school day for teenagers, with limited success. But parents just got a boost from the nation's pediatricians, who say that making middle and high schoolers start classes before 8:30 a.m. threatens children's' health, safety and academic performance.<p>"We want to promote safety with kids," says <a href="http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-staff/Cora-Collette-Breuner/">Dr. Cora Breuner</a>, an adolescent medicine specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:34:00 +0000 editor 32005 at http://wuis.org Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens' Health Ebola Took Her Daughters And Made Her An Outcast http://wuis.org/post/ebola-took-her-daughters-and-made-her-outcast "When you say Ebola," says Amanda Ellis, "everybody will run."<p>Ellis is 79. She's sitting in a blue plastic chair in the dirt yard in front of her house, in a rural area outside Liberia's capital city of Monrovia. She looks worn out. She has lost five members of her family to the virus that has claimed over 1,400<strong> </strong>lives in her homeland and in neighboring countries.<p>Ellis' daughter Thelmorine was the first to go. She was 58. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:30:00 +0000 editor 31977 at http://wuis.org Ebola Took Her Daughters And Made Her An Outcast Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing http://wuis.org/post/grocers-lead-kids-produce-aisle-junk-food-style-marketing Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Allison Aubrey 31975 at http://wuis.org Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers In Alzheimer's Research http://wuis.org/post/people-down-syndrome-are-pioneers-alzheimers-research When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to <a href="http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01791725">study</a> an experimental Alzheimer's drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people with Down syndrome.<p>"I had a CAT scan on my head, and I was in a special machine. It's called an MRI," says Justin McCowan, 39, whose parents drove him 125 miles from Santa Monica so he could participate in the study. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 31978 at http://wuis.org People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers In Alzheimer's Research Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa http://wuis.org/post/ebola-outbreak-reportedly-spreads-central-africa Two Ebola-related deaths have emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's health ministry says. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 31964 at http://wuis.org Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa With Confirmed Cases In Congo, Ebola Now In 4 West African Nations http://wuis.org/post/confirmed-cases-congo-ebola-now-4-west-african-nations <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=With+Confirmed+Cases+In+Congo%2C+Ebola+Now+In+4+West+African+Nations&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjQ1MDk3MDEzMjMxOTI5Mzc4NjVjNA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 31963 at http://wuis.org Aid Workers In Short Supply As Ebola Grips Liberia http://wuis.org/post/aid-workers-short-supply-ebola-grips-liberia Sheldon Yett is UNICEF's lead man in Liberia. Over a long career he's been in the thick of all sorts of crises — wars, earthquakes, epidemics. He's seen firsthand how, when disaster strikes a poor country, aid workers and experts from all over the world flood the zone.<p>But with the Ebola epidemic, almost no one is answering the call.<p>"I'm astounded by how difficult it has been to get the partners we need," Yett says. "People are afraid. I can't convince my own staff to come. It's extremely, extremely difficult. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:02:00 +0000 editor 31954 at http://wuis.org Aid Workers In Short Supply As Ebola Grips Liberia Drug Offers Hope For Those With Alopecia Areata http://wuis.org/post/drug-offers-hope-alopecia-sufferers <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Drug+Offers+Hope+For+Those+With+Alopecia+Areata&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Reversing hair loss has vexed researchers for years. But now, a promising breakthrough. This is not a treatment for male pattern baldness, which is quite common, but for alopecia, which is not. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 31938 at http://wuis.org If Salt-N-Pepa Told You To Brush Your Teeth, You'd Surely Listen http://wuis.org/post/if-salt-n-pepa-told-you-brush-your-teeth-youd-surely-listen <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghzJO4zwD_c</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrtF45-y-g</p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:58:00 +0000 Linda Poon 31929 at http://wuis.org If Salt-N-Pepa Told You To Brush Your Teeth, You'd Surely Listen Doctor: Ebola Fatality Rate Running At 70 Percent http://wuis.org/post/doctor-ebola-fatality-rate-running-70-percent <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Doctor%3A+Ebola+Fatality+Rate+Running+At+70+Percent&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Two Americans were released from an Atlanta hospital this week after being declared free of the Ebola virus. They had been infected while working in Liberia. Here's Dr. Kent Brantly at a press conference after his release.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)<p>DR. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:34:00 +0000 editor 31895 at http://wuis.org Borders Close As Ebola Spreads In West Africa http://wuis.org/post/borders-close-ebola-spreads-west-africa <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Borders+Close+As+Ebola+Spreads+In+West+Africa&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The official number of deaths from West Africa's Ebola epidemic is nearing 1,500. The World Health Organization now warns that unknown numbers of people are dying in so-called shadow zones unrecorded by authorities. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:34:00 +0000 editor 31894 at http://wuis.org