Amy Standen

Amy Standen appears in the following:

When A Stranger Leaves You $125 Million

Saturday, November 21, 2015

One morning last year, when Bryan Bashin sat down to check his email, a peculiarly short note caught his attention.

"A businessman has passed away. I think you might want to talk to us," it read.

Bashin directs a nonprofit in San Francisco called the LightHouse for the Blind ...


Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Things like activity trackers and sensors might make it easier to keep people with dementia safe and help caregivers. Researchers are going to test that idea in the real world.


Neighbors And Fans Are Curious About Apple's Massive New HQ

Monday, March 09, 2015

The new Silicon Valley campus has been the subject of fevered speculation. A sneak preview finds a site full of green features, but neighbors may not be welcome to stroll the premises.


The Potential Impact Of Big Data On Medicine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Some researchers say big data could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say it raises too many questions when it comes to medicine. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 5.)

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.


Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It?

Monday, January 19, 2015

People use wearable gadgets and phone apps to monitor their health — everything from calories consumed to medication taken. But all that data doesn't necessarily translate into better health care.


Big Data Not A Cure-All In Medicine

Monday, January 05, 2015

Big data is a trendy term for the ever-expanding cloud of information that's online and increasingly searchable. Some researchers say it could change the way medical research is done ...


Brain Training May Help Calm The Storms Of Schizophrenia

Monday, November 03, 2014

Drugs can tamp down the hallucinations and delusions associated with schizophrenia, but at a cost. A newer approach to treatment aims to teach people to tune out the distractions instead.


Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

Monday, October 20, 2014

Schizophrenia typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. But if you could stop that first psychotic break, could you stop the mental illness in its tracks? Some doctors think so.


Hacking The Brain With Electricity: Don't Try This At Home

Monday, May 19, 2014

Small jolts of electricity to the brain can treat diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's. But some healthy people are trying electrical stimulation to make the brain sharper. And it may not be safe.


'Silver Tsunami' And Other Terms That Can Irk The Over-65 Set

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reporter Ina Jaffe covers aging for NPR. But many common terms for people formerly known as senior citizens have become stigmatized, she says — leaving her at a loss for words.


Here, Drink A Nice Glass Of Sparkling Clear Wastewater

Thursday, November 07, 2013

In California's Silicon Valley, there will soon be a new source of water for residents. That may not sound like big news, but the source of this water – while certainly high-tech — is raising some eyebrows.

With freshwater becoming more scarce in many parts of the country, the public ...


Should Disabling Premenstrual Symptoms Be A Mental Disorder?

Monday, October 21, 2013

The way Ronna Simmons of Philadelphia describes it, every two weeks a timer goes off.

Simmons, 24, will have been doing just fine, working, taking care of her daughter. And then suddenly everything changes. Normally cheerful, Simmons says she begins to hate herself.

"I tell everybody 'I'm not myself right ...


Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex

Monday, July 08, 2013

If you're having chest pain, your doctor can test you for a heart attack. If you're having hip pain, your doctor could test for osteoarthritis.

But what if you're depressed? Or anxious? Currently there are no physical tests for most disorders that affect the mind. Lab tests like these could ...


Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder has pushed the VA to explore new and sometimes unorthodox treatments. In one VA facility in Menlo Park, Calif., veterans of current and ...


Is Adding Fiber To Food Really Good For Your Health?

Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm standing in the cereal aisle with three items in my basket: a box of sugary kids' cereal, some yogurt and a bottle of apple juice. According to their labels, all three of these foods are good sources of fiber, which, if you think about it, ...


Grrl Comix

Saturday, December 08, 2001

In the old days, comic books written for female readers tended to be soap operas and adolescent fantasies drawn by men. We talk to two female comic artists of different generations, Jessica Abel and Trina Robbins, about their work.