The first legal medical marijuana dispensary opened in the District last week, under some of the strictest oversight rules anywhere in the country. We explore what the District might learn from regulation around the country.
In one analysis, economists predict that extreme weather could boost the number of international conflicts by as much as 50 percent by 2050. Higher temperatures might also increase the rates of murder, rapes and domestic violence, they say because aggression seems to rise with the mercury.
There's little research objectively measuring the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. In one study, people were considered by outside observers to be no more attractive after having face-lifts and other procedures, though they were judged to look a bit younger.
An increasing number of Americans believe both public and private smoking should be illegal. The tobacco industry has taken notice by pushing electronic and lower-nicotine cigarettes. Meanwhile, new screening standards aim to save more smokers from lung cancer. Diane and her guests discuss the state of smoking in America today.
When she learned about last year's Newtown school shootings, Liza Long immediately thought of her own son. He has been diagnosed with multiple disorders and struggles with violent outbursts. The pair hope their story will help others better understand the needs of mentally ill young people.
Medications can cause rare and dangerous allergic reactions. The FDA says that the popular painkiller acetaminophen can cause those reactions, too. The agency wants people to see a doctor quickly if they get a rash while using the drug.
When an outbreak of pneumonia sickened 83 Georgia Tech students last fall, campus officials blanketed the campus with information about how to stop the infection's spread. Despite the barrage of information, many students surveyed a month later said they never got the word.
The FBI recently rescued more than 100 children from prostitution, and arrested over 150 pimps who allegedly trafficked them. Host Michel Martin learns more about child sex trafficking, and attempts to fight it, from NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson and Malika Saada Saar of Rights4Girls.
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