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Puberty Suppression Now A Choice For Teens On Medicaid In Oregon

Medicaid in Oregon now pays for medication to suppress puberty in teens who may want to change their gender. Oregon officials decided the benefits outweigh possible trade-offs of stopping puberty.

In Rural Virginia, Truckers Can Stop For Coffee And A Physical

Fewer than one in five doctors has a solo practice these days. But one physician in Virginia saw an opportunity to keep his practice and treat an under-served group of patients: long-haul truckers.

Drinking With 'Mad Men:' Cocktail Culture And The Myth Of Don Draper

The culture of retro cocktails that the show helped reignite is intriguing, considering how much of Mad Men is actually about excessive — even abusive — drinking.


When It Comes To Insurance, Mental Health Parity In Name Only?

Many insurance providers that offer mental health care are supposed to cover it just as they would cancer or diabetes care. But advocates say enforcement is a problem.

Improving Mental Health Via Social Network

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Robert Morris, the creator of Panoply. It's a social networking app whose purpose is to help people suffering from clinical depression.

Rethinking How To Care For California's Most Troubled Children

NPR's Arun Rath talks with ProPublica's Joaquin Sapien about his investigation of California's largest residential facility for emotionally troubled youth.

Reporter Covered Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things In Wartime

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist John Burns has announced his retirement. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Burns about four decades of reporting for the New York Times.
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Maryland Legislature Zeroes In On Powdered Alcohol

States across the country are racing to ban powdered alcohol, known as "palcohol," and Maryland is no different.

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

How Advances In Battlefield Medicine Can Save Civilians' Lives

In Iraq and Afghanistan, Army medics got really good at treating wounded troops. Scientists want to adapt these new technologies and tricks to help injured people in poor countries.