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He's 14. He Was A Child Soldier. He's Suicidal. How Can He Be Saved?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are high among teens in northern Uganda, a new study shows. Counselors, teachers and parents can help. So can walking on eggs — literally.

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All Things Considered

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.

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All Things Considered

Mad Cow Research Hints At Ways To Halt Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Monday, March 09, 2015

Corinne Lasmezas began her career studying a disease that destroys the brains of cattle. Now she's using what she learned to search for drugs that can stop human brain diseases.

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All Things Considered

Do Parents Nurture Narcissists By Pouring On The Praise?

Monday, March 09, 2015

Telling your kids that they're superfabulous encourages narcissistic thinking, researchers say. And that doesn't bode well for their future happiness. Better to recognize effort and say, "I love you."

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Morning Edition

Many Unaccompanied Minors No Longer Alone, But Still In Limbo

Monday, March 09, 2015

Many of the thousands of youths who arrived in the U.S. in 2014 now live with family, awaiting hearings on whether they can stay. But finding legal and mental health assistance remains a challenge.

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For Young People In Rural Areas, Suicide Poses A Growing Threat

Monday, March 09, 2015

Young men are twice as likely to die by suicide if they live in rural areas rather than cities, and that disparity is widening. Lack of mental health services is a factor; access to firearms is, too.

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Pot Can Trigger Psychotic Symptoms For Some, But Do The Effects Last?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Scientists are sharply divided on whether the disordered thinking and paranoia sometimes caused by marijuana is just a temporary thing or the start of long-term disorders like schizophrenia.

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All Things Considered

Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

Thursday, March 05, 2015

A new poll shows that fewer young people see gender as limited to female and male. Youth Radio reporter Nanette Thompson talks with two students about their experiences at school.

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Morning Edition

Behavioral Therapy Helps More Than Drugs For Dementia Patients

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Non-drug approaches for treating aggression and other symptoms of dementia work better than antipsychotic drugs, a study finds, and are less risky. That includes teaching caregivers how to respond.

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College Help For Students Cuts Drinking, But Not For Long

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Most colleges offer some sort of alcohol education. One-time interventions do reduce drinking, but the effect is short-lived. Women have better results. There's no benefit for men in frats.

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What Shapes Health? Webcast Explores Social And Economic Factors

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

People say many things affect health, from personal behavior and childhood abuse to God's will, according to a new poll. The people behind the numbers explain what it means for people and communities.

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Morning Edition

Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot.

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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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Morning Edition

People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

Monday, March 02, 2015

People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.

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Poll Explores Our Perception Of How Factors Large And Small Shape People's Health

Monday, March 02, 2015

Health is not just about trips to the doctor, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Housing, stress and abuse are factors.

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All Things Considered

One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cape Cod journalist Greg O'Brien has always found solace in running, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's hasn't stopped him. But making it work — for himself and his family — isn't always easy.

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Doctors Join Forces With Lawyers To Reduce Firearms Deaths

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More than 32,000 people die each year in the United States in gun-related suicides, violence and accidents. The physicians seek universal background checks and other measures to reduce the toll.

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Morning Edition

When Kids Think Parents Play Favorites, It Can Spell Trouble

Monday, February 23, 2015

When children think they're being slighted, it can lead to risky behavior as teenagers, a study finds. Having warm, respectful relationships helps counteract the claim, "You always liked her best!"

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Hammered And Heedless: Do Dangerous Drinking Videos Harm Teens?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Being falling-down drunk is often played for laughs on YouTube videos, but those videos don't show the downside of getting trashed. That can't be good for teenagers and young adults, researchers say.

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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."

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