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Amy Standen

Amy Standen appears in the following:

Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Things like activity trackers and sensors might make it easier to keep people with dementia safe and help caregivers. Researchers are going to test that idea in the real world.

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Neighbors And Fans Are Curious About Apple's Massive New HQ

Monday, March 09, 2015

The new Silicon Valley campus has been the subject of fevered speculation. A sneak preview finds a site full of green features, but neighbors may not be welcome to stroll the premises.

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The Potential Impact Of Big Data On Medicine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Some researchers say big data could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say it raises too many questions when it comes to medicine.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It?

Monday, January 19, 2015

People use wearable gadgets and phone apps to monitor their health — everything from calories consumed to medication taken. But all that data doesn't necessarily translate into better health care.

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Big Data Not A Cure-All In Medicine

Monday, January 05, 2015

Big data is a trendy term for the ever-expanding cloud of information that's online and increasingly searchable. Some researchers say it could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say big data raises too many big questions — especially when it comes to medicine.

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Brain Training May Help Calm The Storms Of Schizophrenia

Monday, November 03, 2014

Drugs can tamp down the hallucinations and delusions associated with schizophrenia, but at a cost. A newer approach to treatment aims to teach people to tune out the distractions instead.

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Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

Monday, October 20, 2014

Schizophrenia typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. But if you could stop that first psychotic break, could you stop the mental illness in its tracks? Some doctors think so.

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Hacking The Brain With Electricity: Don't Try This At Home

Monday, May 19, 2014

Small jolts of electricity to the brain can treat diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's. But some healthy people are trying electrical stimulation to make the brain sharper. And it may not be safe.

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'Silver Tsunami' And Other Terms That Can Irk The Over-65 Set

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reporter Ina Jaffe covers aging for NPR. But many common terms for people formerly known as senior citizens have become stigmatized, she says — leaving her at a loss for words.

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Here, Drink A Nice Glass Of Sparkling Clear Wastewater

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Silicon Valley will soon open up a high-tech water recycling facility, capable of turning treated sewage into crystal clean water. In theory, it should be better than what comes out of kitchen sinks today. The purification is tough, but the hardest challenge is convincing people to drink it, even as freshwater becomes more scarce.

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Should Disabling Premenstrual Symptoms Be A Mental Disorder?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Earlier this year premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, became a recognized mental disorder. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea. Some researchers worry that medicalizing this severe form of PMS could be used against women, even though only a small percentage of women meet the criteria.

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Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex

Monday, July 08, 2013

There are tests for heart attacks and diabetes, but few for brain disorders. Researchers are trying to change that, but are finding the hunt for biomarkers for mental illness to be a tough slog. Tests on the market, like ones for Alzheimer's, are not conclusive.

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Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder has pushed the VA to explore new and sometimes unorthodox treatments. In one VA facility in Menlo Park, Calif., veterans of current and past wars gather to meditate and break down the shields that combat forced them to hold.

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Is Adding Fiber To Food Really Good For Your Health?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fiber-fortified products are all over the supermarket. But are these foods actually making you healthier? This question turns out to be one of those places where scientists know a lot less than you may think they do.

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Grrl Comix

Saturday, December 08, 2001

In the old days, comic books written for female readers tended to be soap operas and adolescent fantasies drawn by men. We talk to two female comic artists of different generations, Jessica Abel and Trina Robbins, about their work. 

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