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Stem Cells Treat Lou Gehrig's Disease, In Mice

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that neural stem cell implants were able to slow the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, in mice. Study author Evan Snyder discusses the stem cells' protective effect, and why human trials may not be far behind.

Listeners Light Into Marijuana Conversation

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the listener inbox. This week, many listeners reacted to a segment on marijuana. Tell Me More parses the truth.

Phew! You Survived The Mayan Apocalypse. Now What?

We have received credible reports that the world has not come to an end, contrary to predictions of doom. But just in case there are signs of annihilation where you live, here's our guide to surviving in the wake of the Mayan Apocalypse.

Medicare Starts To Reward Quality, Not Quantity, Of Care

The nation's biggest insurer is starting to dole out bonuses and penalties to nearly 3,000 hospitals as it ties almost $1 billion in payments to the quality of care provided to patients.

When The Doctor Works For The Insurance Company

Big insurance companies are opening their own doctors' offices and clinics — a strategy that has previously met with mixed results.

YouTube-Inspired Food Dares: Don't Try This At Home, Kids

A string of recent ER cases in which 9-year-olds were treated for cinnamon exposure has toxicologists once again warning parents about risky food games like the "cinnamon challenge" and "chubby bunny."