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Homeless Age Faster

Studies show there are a growing number of homeless people around the age of 50. But it's common for them to experience illnesses and injuries more common among people well beyond their age. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR correspondent, Pam Fessler and homeless advocate, Tony Simmons, about the rising number of aging homeless.

Neurologists Warn Against ADHD Drugs To Help Kids Study

Adderall and other stimulant drugs help students stay focused, a benefit that hasn't been lost on people without ADHD. Now the nation's neurologists say children and teens shouldn't be be prescribed these drugs for "neuroenhancement."

Why Relatives Should Be Allowed To Watch CPR On Loved Ones

Researchers in France and the U.S. say watching a resuscitation attempt doesn't have lingering bad effects on relatives — it can actually be beneficial for them. But a researcher says there will be pushback on the practice from U.S. medical personnel because of their fear of being sued.

Postpartum Depression Affects 1 In 7 Mothers

Researchers aren't sure exactly why certain women are more vulnerable to postpartum depression. But authors of a new study are recommending that all pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression.

Sorry, But Bananas Won't Calm Your Caffeine Jitters

Can eating a banana counter the effects of being over-caffeinated? That's a claim that's been circulating around blogs recently. Some baristas swear by it, but we talked to a scientist who explains why it just isn't true.