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Fighting Misconceptions About Sickle Cell Disease In The ER

Patients with the blood disorder can experience severe pain. But when they arrive at the emergency room seeking help, health care personnel often think their requests for narcotics are a sign of addiction. Nursing professor Paula Tanabe is helping to illuminate the problem and improve treatment.

Costa Rican Tribe's Traditional Medicines Get A Modern Media Makeover

To help the an indigenous community in Central America preserve their culture and traditions, journalism students have built a website exploring how the tribe uses medicinal plants to treat everything from a cold and sunburns to cancer.
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Coastal Communities Grapple With Spike In Heroin Use

We investigate why police and public health officials on the Maryland coast are grappling with a spike in heroin use.

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Scientists Seek Stem Cell Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Neuralstem, a Rockville-based biotech company, has just been approved by the FDA to begin implanting stem cells into people with spinal cord injuries.


Te'o Drama Is Telling In More Ways Than One

In her 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin says the Manti Te'o fake-girlfriend-drama is just another piece of evidence that adults have failed when it comes to teaching kids about sexuality.

If You Think You're Good At Multitasking, You Probably Aren't

Multitaskers tend to test high for traits like risk-taking, sensation-seeking and impulsivity. And those very traits interfere with people's ability to stay focused, researchers say.

Female Smokers Face Greater Risk Than Previously Thought

One new analysis finds female smokers are more than 26 times more likely to die of lung cancer than nonsmoking women — twice the rate calculated 30 years ago. New data also quantify the surprising payoffs of smoking cessation — especially under the age of 40.