Laura Starecheski

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'Visibly Pregnant' Girls Are Banned From School In Sierra Leone

Monday, April 06, 2015

Across Sierra Leone, students are preparing to return to school April 14, after nine months off because of the Ebola epidemic. But one group has been banned from returning, according to a new decree by the minister of education: "visibly pregnant" girls.

Minister of Education Minkailu Bah announced the ban ...


The Kids Brainwashed By Boko Haram Were Silent For Good Reason

Thursday, April 02, 2015

It's a story that spread around the world last month: The Cameroonian army had rescued scores of children from Boko Haram. Morning Edition was among the news outlets that covered the story of youngsters said to be so traumatized, they'd forgotten their names.

This was the account of Christopher ...


Mr. Mambia Goes To Washington: To Honor His Sister, Who Died Of Ebola

Friday, March 13, 2015

When he first got word of an Ebola outbreak in his home country of Liberia last March, Tarkpor Mambia didn't take the news too seriously.

He was talking to his sister Grace, 28, on the phone. She was about to finish nursing school in the inland Liberian town of Gbarnga. ...


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.


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.


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.


Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

Monday, March 02, 2015

Few doctors — and few patients — realize just how profoundly early abuse, neglect and other childhood traumas can damage an adult's physical health.


Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

Monday, March 02, 2015

An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other hallmarks of a rough childhood. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, the rougher your childhood, the higher your score is likely to be and the higher your risk for later health problems. You can take ...

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The Art Of Syrian Refugees Sends A Message. Is Anyone Listening?

Sunday, March 01, 2015

When Syrian artist Mohammed Al-Amari, 27, fled the country's civil war last winter he couldn't carry much. Just some clothes, and little else, he says. But he did manage to bring some "colors" with him — watercolors, pastels and even a few of his paintings.

Al-Amari and his wife didn't ...


Life After Ebola: What It Takes For A Village To Be Resilient

Friday, February 20, 2015

If you'd like to get an idea of what resilience is all about, take a lesson from Mamuedeh Kanneh.

She lost her husband to Ebola. But she's stayed strong. She's caring for 13 children, her own and orphans whose parents died of the virus.

Kanneh lives in Barkedu, a village ...


A Radio Journalist Who Put His Life On The Line

Friday, February 13, 2015

Here's a sobering number: 37 radio journalists have been killed worldwide in the past two years according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries for reporters. Last year, three radio reporters were killed there.

Somali journalist Muhyadin Ahmed Roble remembers one of ...


A Restraining Order Can Be Just A Videoconference Away

Monday, January 05, 2015

A New Jersey hospital has partnered with local courts to protect injured victims of domestic violence. A videoconferencing system lets patients file for restraining orders from their hospital beds.


Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Monday, December 29, 2014

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more police, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."


Can Changing How You Sound Help You Find Your Voice?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Women's voices are often criticized, especially at work. We're called "shrill," told we "lack authority." Here's the story of two women who changed their voices in a quest to be heard.


Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Self-help videos tell women to learn to love their bodies by saying nice things to themselves in the mirror. Can shushing your harshest critic actually rewire the brain?


NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.


The Power Of The Peer Group In Preventing Campus Rape

Monday, August 18, 2014

A small percentage of college students commit most of the rapes on campus. Research suggests that the attitudes of male friends can either lead men to commit rape or stop them.


Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

Monday, August 18, 2014

The agency's fleet of planes shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, falling from 40 air tankers to nine. Now, the addition of new airplanes is both expanding and modernizing the firefighting fleet.


This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

Monday, July 14, 2014

When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.