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Disney put the seven dwarfs under bed nets for a 1943 short film about malaria prevention, produced for the U.S. government.

There are two animated anti-malarial videos out there — a new one from the "Wallace and Gromit" team and a 1943 Disney cartoon that put the seven dwarfs under bed nets.

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Posted: August 19, 2018, 9:00 pm
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These days hospitals are looking for ways to improve health in their communities to prevent illness and control costs. One hospital in Ohio decided that health might start with affordable housing.

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Posted: August 19, 2018, 1:00 pm

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing an Ebola outbreak. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Dr. Joseph Fair of the International Medical Corps, who is currently in the DRC.

Posted: August 19, 2018, 11:57 am
A group of older boys, some of whom are gang members, joke around with a younger boy. Neighborhood children are often groomed for gang activity from the age of 6 or 7. At first they may be given small assignments — like buying snacks for gang members or monitoring who

Photographer Tomas Ayuso captures the plight of Honduran youth struggling to survive in a violent country — and thinking about fleeing to stay alive.

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Posted: August 19, 2018, 11:00 am
Screening for lung cancer can catch tumors but it can also produce false positives. Patients need to decide whether it

In a new study, researchers found that doctors are better at explaining the benefits of a common cancer screening that its potential downsides. But overtesting comes with risks and costs of its own.

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Posted: August 18, 2018, 1:00 pm

States are battling the pharmaceutical industry in court to curb the opioid epidemic. NPR's Jennifer Ludden asks Richard Ausness, a law professor at the University of Kentucky, about the tactic.

Posted: August 18, 2018, 12:27 pm
For the past 60 years, Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a Mumbai OB-GYN, has been writing a sex column for the local media. He gets about 100 letters a day. The writers range from teenage girls to men in their 70s.

Schools in the conservative country often have no sex ed, and it's a taboo topic at home. That's why Dr. Mahinder Watsa is one of the country's most popular advice columnists.

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Posted: August 18, 2018, 11:00 am
Texas officials are requiring that people who comment at Medicaid meetings on pharmaceuticals disclose more details about their ties to industry.

Officials in Texas are responding to the findings of an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity into drugmakers' influence over medication choices for Medicaid patients.

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Posted: August 17, 2018, 2:56 pm
An Ebola patient is being checked by two medical workers on Wednesday in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The World Health Organization says violence and insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu region is preventing health workers from stopping the spread of Ebola.

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Posted: August 17, 2018, 11:55 am
Michael Vigil, an oil contractor from Douglas, Wyo., traveled 250 miles to Denver to have his aortic valve replaced in May. He said he would have preferred his local hospital do the procedure.

Medicare limits payments for minimally invasive replacement of aortic valves to hospitals with large numbers of heart procedures. But smaller facilities are crying foul.

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Posted: August 17, 2018, 9:00 am

The FDA has approved a generic version of the EpiPen to treat dangerous allergic reactions, but it remains to be seen how much that will drive down the price of this expensive product.

Posted: August 17, 2018, 9:00 am
The New York University Langone Medical Center is seen in midtown Manhattan in 2015. The university

New York University said the move was to address the high cost of entering a career in medicine. Most med students graduate in debt, which can often top $200,000.

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Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:41 am

The announcement comes after health officials said an outbreak last month that sickened nearly 650 customers in Ohio was caused by a type of bacteria that thrives in food kept warm for long periods.

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Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:33 am

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, about synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

Posted: August 16, 2018, 10:20 pm
Victoria gave birth to her daughter Lili while in treatment for opioid dependency.

A pediatrician is working to make sure every hospital in Kansas can give babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome the soft start they need, ideally right next to their mothers.

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Posted: August 16, 2018, 9:58 pm
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