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Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nature and nurture both matter, and having love and support from parents early on makes make academic and social success as an adult more likely, a study finds. But a child's temperament matters too.

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Morning Edition

25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.

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Morning Edition

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Monday, December 15, 2014

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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All Things Considered

Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.

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All Things Considered

Football Players Drill Without Helmets To Curb Concussions

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The idea, according to a scientist at New Hampshire University, is to teach each player "rugby awareness," so he'll be more likely to keep his head out of harm's way. Helmets off, eyes up.

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All Things Considered

This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.

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Morning Edition

Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

An NPR probe finds many nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients — despite FDA warnings — but only 2 percent of excessive-medication cases result in penalties.

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Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

Monday, December 08, 2014

A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.

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Morning Edition

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Monday, December 08, 2014

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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All Things Considered

Ferguson Psychologist Describes Helping Residents Through Trauma

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with Dr. Marva Robinson, a clinical psychologist who has been working with people in Ferguson, Mo., to help them recognize signs of psychological trauma and to deal with the trauma they've experienced.

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Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sure, you just wanted to take a peek at Facebook. But that can chill a relationship, especially if you and your love aren't on the same page about when it's OK to use technology.

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Morning Edition

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

On Wednesday, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for killing his in-laws. Panetti is mentally ill, and there are last-minute efforts underway to halt his execution.

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Morning Edition

If Everybody Had An Ocean, Could We Surf Our Way To Mental Health?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The teenager's dad was beating his mom. So the kid fell into a funk. His grades plummeted, he joined a gang, he got into fights. Then he discovered surfing therapy.

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Morning Edition

German Government May Say 'Nein' To After Work Emails

Monday, December 01, 2014

In a country that strives to protect work-life balance, there are calls to ban employers from sending work email after business hours. Some big companies are already doing that.

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Your Adult Siblings May Be The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties we have, and they're among the most likely to bring health and happiness as we age. Think on that when your brother grabs the wishbone.

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Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teenagers may not need as much face-to-face interaction as earlier generations to feel connected. And that may explain why a study finds they're not feeling as lonely, either.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

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Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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All Things Considered

Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.

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