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Research Shows Placebos May Have Place In Everyday Treatments

The placebo effect, in which patients perceive an effect from a fake drug, is even stronger than once believed. Host Laura Sullivan talks to Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, about his research on how sham treatments affect the way we feel.

Got A Superbug? Bring In The Robots

Johns Hopkins Hospital is using disinfecting robots to kill dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in its hospital rooms. Since it began using the machines, the hospital has seen the number of untreatable infections fall by a stunning 64 percent.
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Voucher Helps Virginia Families Care For Members With Disabilities

Virginia families caring for loved ones with disabilities may now be eligible for some reimbursement — if they hire respite care.


FDA Challenges Stem Cell Companies As Patients Run Out Of Time

With limited options, some Americans are willing to pay thousands of dollars for stem cell replacement therapy. But the Food and Drug Administration, as well as many scientists, have concerns about its safety and argue more research and oversight is needed.

White House Tries Again To Find Compromise On Contraception

Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.

Quick TB Test Builds Up Arsenal Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is on the rise worldwide, but identifying the disease has been difficult and time-consuming. Touted as a "game changer" in the fight against TB, a new tool cuts diagnostic times from weeks to hours and doesn't require a lab.