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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

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All Things Considered

Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

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All Things Considered

Germanwings Co-Pilot Shines Light On Opaqueness Of Mental Illness

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Michael C. Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, about how someone's deep inner turmoil can remain hidden.

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Tweeners Trust Peers More Than Adults When Judging Risks

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We all tend to adjust our opinions based on what other people think. But young teenagers pay far more attention to other teens than they do to adults, a study finds. That explains a lot, doesn't it?

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Morning Edition

No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds.

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Morning Edition

Iran Nuclear Talks Bog Down As Tuesday Deadline Approaches

Monday, March 30, 2015

Talks aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program to peaceful purposes continue. An Iranian negotiator is quoted as rejecting the idea that Iran would ship some of its nuclear fuel out of the country.

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New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

Friday, March 27, 2015

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

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Is There Any Way To Screen The World's Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

Friday, March 27, 2015

There are questionnaires that aim to identify people at risk of killing themselves. But the tests are flawed — and it's not at all clear they'd be effective in assessing the mental state of pilots.

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Morning Edition

Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer's Fail To Tell The Patient

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Only about half of Medicare patients are told of the diagnosis by their doctor, a study finds. That compares to 90 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer.

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Morning Edition

Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

Monday, March 23, 2015

The limit for healthy drinking may be less than you think — one drink a day for women and two for men, according to health experts. New strategies aim to help heavy drinkers reduce their intake.

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'Looks Like Laury' Shines The Power Of Friendship On A Failing Mind

Thursday, March 19, 2015

When actress and writer Laury Sacks started losing words fast, her best friends, who happened to be filmmakers, captured her experience. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury shows how they reached her.

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For A Good Snooze, Take One Melatonin, Add Eye Mask And Earplugs

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hospitals are notoriously difficult places to sleep, despite efforts to make them less noisy. Cheap, simple workarounds can help, a study says. Taking the sleep hormone melatonin helped the most.

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Your Drinking Habits May Be Influenced By How Much You Make

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Genetic differences explain more of the wide variation in drinking habits among people with low incomes, while higher-income people tended to drink alike.

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Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Overall, men were more likely to take their lives than women on the job. And workers between the ages of 65 and 74 were more likely to commit suicide at work than their younger counterparts.

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Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When online social networks open up spaces for suicide prevention with untrained peer support, they walk the fragile line between invasion of privacy and supporting those who need help.

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All Things Considered

Clues To Autism, Schizophrenia Emerge From Cerebellum Research

Monday, March 16, 2015

The brain's cerebellum helps shape thinking and emotion, as well as physical coordination, research shows. Could stimulating that part of the brain help ease some aspects of autism and schizophrenia?

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Morning Edition

A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jonathan Keleher is one of a handful of people known to have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum. His experiences are helping scientists show how this brain structure helps shape who we are.

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All Things Considered

Why Is The Risk Of Youth Suicide Higher In Rural Areas?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The suicide rate for young people in rural areas is almost double the rate for youth in cities. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Dr. Sandra Micken, a Montana psychologist, about the disparity.

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From Freud To Possession, A Doctor Faces Psychiatry's Demons

Saturday, March 14, 2015

In Shrinks, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman looks at the development of what he himself calls the most distrusted, feared and denigrated of all medical specialties.

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Morning Edition

ISIS Gains Ground In Libya; Takes Over Port City Of Surt

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Steve Inskeep talks to David Kilpatrick of The New York Times, who reports that Libya has become so chaotic that a door has been opened for the self-proclaimed Islamic State to expand in the country.

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