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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its DNA. But it's still unclear what these mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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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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Mental Health

Aug 26, 2014 — Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.
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Aug 25, 2014 — The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.
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Aug 21, 2014 — The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
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Aug 20, 2014 — Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
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Aug 19, 2014 — Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.
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Aug 15, 2014 — The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.
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Aug 15, 2014 — There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.
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Aug 13, 2014 — Robin Williams' death has renewed focus on the issue of suicide, in the media and in the medical community. Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Minne speaks with Melissa Block about how a high-profile suicide like Williams' may affect vulnerable populations struggling with depression.
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Aug 12, 2014 — John Keedy used to be uncomfortable talking about his problems with anxiety, but not anymore. He hopes his series of photos will help others with mental illness see that they're not alone.
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Aug 12, 2014 — Thomas Doyle tells stories with teeny frozen people. They aren't cold. They are frozen in time, but he freezes them with exquisitely suspenseful, Sherlock Holmes-like care.
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