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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Jul 23, 2014 — New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.
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Jul 16, 2014 — Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says.
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Jul 7, 2014 — For a long while doctors thought that an egg's age relative to others explained why older women are more likely to produce eggs with genetic abnormalities. But a study finds that's not really true.
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Jun 28, 2014 — There's mounting evidence that women who have children later in life are also more likely to make it to 95 or 100. But delaying childbearing just to live longer is not a good idea.
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Jun 25, 2014 — Chemicals and other toxic substances in the environment can cause premature birth, birth defects and developmental delays, but obstetricians say they're reluctant to discuss the threats with patients.
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Jun 5, 2014 — Getting pregnant again within a year of giving birth boosts the chance that the second baby will be born prematurely, a study finds. The risk was especially high for black women.
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May 12, 2014 — Expectant mothers are more likely to get into serious car crashes, a study finds. The risk is highest in the second trimester, when accident rates are similar to those for people with sleep apnea.
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May 11, 2014 — After I got pregnant, I did my best to do what a pregnant woman is supposed to do. I was able to refrain from drug use, but I never stayed away from alcohol for long.
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Apr 29, 2014 — Vitamin deficiencies near the time of conception change which genes get turned on during early development, scientists find.
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Mar 4, 2014 — Over 15,000 births have taken place at birthing centers, and the number is growing. But there are no coverage guarantees despite provisions that prohibit discrimination against health care providers.
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