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2:26pm

Fri February 22, 2013
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Contagion On The Couch: CDC App Poses Fun Disease Puzzles

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 8:04 am

As you solve outbreaks, you earn points and work your way to becoming an assistant disease detective.
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Disease detectives are kind of the rock stars of public health.

They travel around the world, on a moment's notice, to track down an Ebola outbreak in Uganda or stop a cholera epidemic in Haiti. And Kate Winslet and Lawrence Fishburne played them in the movie Contagion, for crying out loud.

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2:26pm

Fri February 22, 2013
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This Year's Flu Vaccine Falters In Protecting Elderly

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:47 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This year's flu vaccine looks like it's not doing much to protect older people. New numbers in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the vaccine has only been effective about a quarter of the time for people 65 and older. NPR's Rob Stein joins me to explain what that means. And Rob, tell us more about these numbers coming from the CDC.

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9:30am

Fri February 22, 2013
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Parents, Just Say No To Sharing Tales Of Drug Use With Kids

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 5:55 am

Have a talk about avoiding drug use early and often. And don't overshare.
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It's a moment many parents dread — sitting down to talk with their kid about drugs. What should they say? Will the conversation have any effect? And should they mention their own youthful indiscretions?

Parents can get advice from the family doctor or pediatrician and places like the Partnership at Drugfree.org (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), though there's not been much evidence to back up the recommendations.

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1:25am

Fri February 22, 2013
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Treating HIV Patients Protects Whole Community

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:51 am

HIV drugs not only can keep patients healthy but also can stop the sexual transmission of the virus. Here an HIV-positive mother picks up medications at a hospital outside Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Over the past few decades, one of the most perplexing questions in global health is how to stop HIV.

There have been campaigns involving condoms, abstinence and even the circumcision of all men younger than 46. But one relatively new strategy, called treatment as prevention, is causing quite a buzz.

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3:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
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Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 2:51 pm

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
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The most heated part of the fight between the Obama administration and religious groups over new rules that require most health plans to cover contraception actually has nothing to do with birth control. It has to do with abortion.

Specifically, do emergency contraceptives interfere with a fertilized egg and cause what some consider to be abortion?

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