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A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines

Disruptions of sleep are well known as migraine triggers, but now researchers have found a genetic link between the two. In studying families with lots of migraines, they also found a mutation on a gene that helps control circadian rhythms.

Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk

A critical, unsupportive spouse isn't just a drag. That kind of mate increases the risk of major depression, researchers say. People can improve the quality of their relationships, Teo says. Interpersonal therapy and couples therapy can help identify communications problems, and come up with practical improvements.

Luring Doctors And Lawyers To Rural America

Rural brain drain is not a new phenomenon, but some rural communities are trying to attract doctors and lawyers in new ways. In March, South Dakota became the first state to pass a law that offers annual subsidies to lawyers who agree to live and work in rural areas.

Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

In a new book, The Anatomy of Violence, Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has a biological basis just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.

Deported While Unconscious

American hospitals have essentially deported hundreds of undocumented immigrant patients, according to reports. This includes a few who were unconscious at the time. Host Michel Martin speaks to David Pitt of The Associated Press, about the practice.

Ratting Out TB: Scientists Train Rodents To Diagnose Disease

For more than a decade, a nonprofit in Tanzania has been using the rat's keen sense of smell to detect buried land mines around the world. Now the group is training the critters to help diagnose tuberculosis at rural clinics.