A nurse uses a diagram of the female reproductive system to explain the do-it-yourself careHPV test at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala. Will Boase/PATH hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Where Pap Smears Are Rare, Home Tests Might Save Lives

Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are often too far away, and in some cultures, exposing your genitals to a stranger can be a tremendous barrier. But an inexpensive, self-administered test overcomes those obstacles.

Dr. Curtis Chan, a dentist in Del Mar, Calif., loads up a truck with 5,456 pounds of candy to deliver to Operation Gratitude during the Halloween Candy Buy Back on Nov. 8, 2013. Dr. Chan personally collected 3,542 pounds of candy from patients. Courtesy of Dr. Curtis Chan hide caption

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The Salt

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.

Mary Mallon, known as "Typhoid Mary," was immune to the typhoid she carried. Working as a cook, she spread the disease in New York and ended up quarantined on Brother Island (above) for more than two decades. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Awful Moments In Quarantine History: Recall Typhoid Mary?

Quarantines have been imposed on the sick and contagious for thousands of years. We look at the use — and abuse — of this strategy to stop the spread of disease.

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Tiny Desk Concert

With costumes inspired by Egyptian symbolism and science fiction, the late jazz innovator's band plays an out-of-this-world set in the NPR Music offices on Halloween.

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All Tech Considered

Doppelnamers: When Your Digital Identity Is Also Someone Else's

Finding your email double or Twitter twin is easier than ever, with Web searches and social media reminding us how un-special our names really are. So how do you stand out when others share your name?

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Parallels - World News

Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe

Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

The French town of Vendargues has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting today. The move follows violent incidents across the country involving teens dressed as clowns.

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Shots - Health News

Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.

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Shots - Health News

Look Here: Phone App Checks Photos For Eye Disease

Bryan Shaw showed it was possible to detect early signs of eye cancer from a family photo album. Now, he and his research team have made an iPhone app.

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Television

In An Online, On-Demand Age, Reruns Are Getting Redefined

FX's new digital platform,Simpson's World features all 25 years' worth of episodes from The Simpsons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's also among several sites that are revitalizing the TV rerun.

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Shots - Health News

Seeing Red During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Decades of effort to raise awareness of breast cancer hasn't helped to reduce the death toll once it spreads. One woman living with metastatic breast cancer says it's way past time for a change.

Low-dose pot-infused cookies, called the Rookie Cookie, sit on the packaging table Sept. 26 at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder, Colo. The state legalized recreational pot use last year. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana? Ozy.com

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.

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