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When Life Overwhelms, This Group Lends A Healthy Hand

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Health care should go beyond a doctor's office, the creators of this program say. Students work as health advocates, helping patients find affordable housing, fresh food and social services as needed.

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Documents Detail Sugar Industry Efforts To Direct Medical Research

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A dentist unearths documents detailing the sugar industry's influence over the National Institutes of Health's research agenda in the 1960s and 1970s. At issue: setting limits for sugar intake.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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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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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Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Clostridium difficile sickens nearly half a million Americans annually, killing about 29,000, say federal health officials. They warn hospitals and nursing homes to tighten hygiene protocols.

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All Things Considered

Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.

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Will Vaping Reignite The Battle Over Smoking On Airplanes?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It's been 25 years since people could light up with impunity on domestic airline flights. But that doesn't mean they're not still trying. And e-cigarettes are reviving conflict over clean air aloft.

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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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UCLA Outbreak Highlights Challenge Of Curbing Infections

Friday, February 20, 2015

The lethal bacteria that sickened people at a Los Angeles hospital belong to one of three types the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospitals should most urgently monitor and prevent.

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Morning Edition

Why A Court Once Ordered Kids Vaccinated Against Their Parents' Will

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Measles infected hundreds of children at a Philadelphia church whose members didn't believe in modern medicine. In a rare step, health officials moved to compel the families to vaccinate the kids.

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Morning Edition

Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A number of parents have made news in recent months for letting children walk or play outside on their own. But laws on when kids are allowed to be by themselves are vague.

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All Things Considered

Schools Not Keeping Track When Kids Are Behind On Their Shots

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

California lets kindergartners start school as long as they've had the first dose of all required vaccines. But some schools aren't tracking whether such kids end up getting all the doses they need.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Friday, February 06, 2015

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.

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All Things Considered

FDA Commissioner Hamburg Grappled With Global Challenges

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says she'll leave the job at the end of March after six years in the spotlight and controversies over Plan B emergency contraception.

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