Laura Starecheski

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'Visibly Pregnant' Girls Are Banned From School In Sierra Leone

Monday, April 06, 2015

The theory is that they could influence "innocent girls," says the minister of education. That's a belief that's held around the globe. Researchers have another idea.


The Kids Brainwashed By Boko Haram Were Silent For Good Reason

Thursday, April 02, 2015

That's how children cope with a fearful situation. We learn more about the 84 boys rescued from a school reportedly influenced by the terrorist group, which is notorious for kidnapping youngsters.


Mr. Mambia Goes To Washington: To Honor His Sister, Who Died Of Ebola

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tarkpor Mambia of Liberia is now a student in Massachusetts. When he learned of his sister's death, he was determined to go to the nation's capital to put a human face on global health issues.


A Sheriff And A Doctor Team Up To Map Childhood Trauma

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sometimes a different perspective can help you see a problem with fresh eyes. The problem to be solved in Gainesville, Fla.? A hot spot of poverty, child abuse and neglect.


To Head Off Trauma's Legacy, Start Young

Monday, March 09, 2015

Two Philadelphia medical clinics support parents to help break generational cycles of trauma and abuse. Attending to adversity, doctors say, gives kids a better chance to grow up healthy.


10 Questions Some Doctors Are Afraid To Ask

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Just 10 questions about bad childhood experiences can turn up undiagnosed illness in adults, research suggests. So why don't more doctors ask? Some say they aren't equipped to deal with the answers.


Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

Monday, March 02, 2015

Few doctors — and few patients — realize just how profoundly early abuse, neglect and other childhood traumas can damage an adult's physical health.


Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

Monday, March 02, 2015

First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what?

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The Art Of Syrian Refugees Sends A Message. Is Anyone Listening?

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Syria's refugees are waiting for a new life. The artists among them are depicting this life in limbo — and their memories of the country they left behind.


Life After Ebola: What It Takes For A Village To Be Resilient

Friday, February 20, 2015

Some think of resilience as a solo act. But the villagers of Barkedu are helping each other move forward in the wake of tragedy. Psychologist Jack Saul shares insights into "community resilience."


A Radio Journalist Who Put His Life On The Line

Friday, February 13, 2015

Yusuf Ahmed Abukar did stories about Somalia's poor and suffering souls. He was critical of the government and of militants. Then one day he got a text message that said someone was coming for him.


A Restraining Order Can Be Just A Videoconference Away

Monday, January 05, 2015

A New Jersey hospital has partnered with local courts to protect injured victims of domestic violence. A videoconferencing system lets patients file for restraining orders from their hospital beds.


Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Monday, December 29, 2014

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more police, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."


Can Changing How You Sound Help You Find Your Voice?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Women's voices are often criticized, especially at work. We're called "shrill," told we "lack authority." Here's the story of two women who changed their voices in a quest to be heard.


Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Self-help videos tell women to learn to love their bodies by saying nice things to themselves in the mirror. Can shushing your harshest critic actually rewire the brain?


NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.


The Power Of The Peer Group In Preventing Campus Rape

Monday, August 18, 2014

A small percentage of college students commit most of the rapes on campus. Research suggests that the attitudes of male friends can either lead men to commit rape or stop them.


Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

Monday, August 18, 2014

The agency's fleet of planes shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, falling from 40 air tankers to nine. Now, the addition of new airplanes is both expanding and modernizing the firefighting fleet.


This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

Monday, July 14, 2014

When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.