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Suicide Rate Climbs For Middle-Aged Americans

For quite a while, the annual number of fatalities from auto accidents has been a kind of shorthand for health issues that are big and important. Suicides now exceed deaths from crashes. And the middle-aged have seen the biggest increase in suicide rates.
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The Growing Demand For Home Health Aides (Rebroadcast)

As baby boomers age, the demand for home health aides is on the rise: What the shortage of caregivers means for patients, their families and the home health care industry.

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La Clinica Del Pueblo Marks Thirty Years In D.C.

We visit one of the first organizations to help Salvadoran refugees who fled to D.C. in the early 1980s.

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National Zoo Vet On Front Line Of Fight Against Pandemics

Visitors to the National Zoo see animals from around the world, but behind the scenes, zoo veterinarians are dealing with diseases from around the world.


Recovery Begins For Mother, Daughter Injured In Boston

Fewer than three weeks after they were severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, Celeste Corcoran and her 18-year-old daughter, Sydney, are entering a new phase of recovery and rehabilitation. Part of their healing is emotional, not physical.

New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.

Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Order On Plan B

A U.S. district court ruling ordered it to end all age restrictions on the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill. The administration's decision came a day after the FDA lowered the age for which the product can be purchased without a prescription from 17 to 15.