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With Few Other Options, A Rural Missouri County Relies On Head Start As A Gateway To Medical Care

Lucia Sebastian is the Language Assistant at the Head Start in Noel, Missouri. She works with the numerous immigrant children who have limited English skills and need help to communicate. She has a four-year old daughter enrolled at Head Start, but she recounted an incident where Head Start was instrumental in helping her older son, Victor. When her son was eleven years old, he was playing baseball with a friend in the yard and got hit in the mouth with the bat. The blow knocked out several teeth, but Sebastian was unsure she could afford the costs of taking Victor to the hospital.
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Brad Bushman's study measured couples' anger using voodoo dolls.
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Hangry? A Full Stomach May Be Key To Marital Harmony

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7 Things Hormone Researchers Want You To Know About Plastic Safety

Sound Medicine Radio Hour Is Ending Its Run

After fifteen years on the air, the Sound Medicine Radio Hour will broadcast and podcast its final new show on the last weekend in April (check your local listings for broadcast times). The Sound Medicine team, our home station 90.1 WFYI Indianapolis, Indiana University and the IU School of Medicine are proud of the program’s long run and of its mission - educating public radio listeners about timely health and medicine topics in a lively and engaging format. The talented members of that team—host Barbara Lewis-West, senior producer Nora Hiatt, associate producer Eric Metcalf, reporter Jill Ditmire, and engineer Chris Lieber—brought in top physicians and researchers and highlighted medical innovations from here in Indiana and around the world.
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Andrea Muraskin

  A bill to expand access to the overdose intervention drug naloxone was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence Friday, after passing both the house and the state senate unanimously. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can instantly save the life of a person who is overdosing. It was previously only available to medical personnel and public safety officials, and opioid drug users with a prescription from their doctor.

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Lucia Sebastian is the Language Assistant at the Head Start in Noel, Missouri. She works with the numerous immigrant children who have limited English skills and need help to communicate.

She has a four-year old daughter enrolled at Head Start, but she recounted an incident where Head Start was instrumental in helping her older son, Victor.

When her son was eleven years old, he was playing baseball with a friend in the yard and got hit in the mouth with the bat. The blow knocked out several teeth, but Sebastian was unsure she could afford the costs of taking Victor to the hospital.


This makes total sense: When you're engaged in an activity you truly enjoy, you're happy. And, when you're happy you're not dwelling on all the negative things in life, nor are you stressed about obligations or problems. Certainly this is a good thing from an emotional point of view, but it also has physical benefits.

We know exercise reduces stress, but it turns out that more simple stationary things, like doing puzzles, painting or sewing can help, too.

Veterinarians have long warned that pain medications like ibuprofen are toxic to pets. And it now looks like merely using a pain relief cream can put cats at risk.

It's another busy morning at Dr. Anthony Aurigemma's homeopathy practice in Bethesda, Md.

Wendy Resnick, 58, is here because she's suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis. "I don't feel great," she says. "I don't feel myself."

Resnick, who lives in Millersville, Md., has been seeing Aurigemma for years for a variety of health problems, including ankle and knee injuries and back problems. "I don't know what I would do without him," she says. "The traditional treatments just weren't helping me at all."

Transgender Kids, Anesthesiologists, And More: Full Show, April 19, 2014

Apr 17, 2015

Patients with cancer answer the question: how should doctors deliver news of a terminal diagnosis? A new study provides evidence that young children who identify as transgender aren't "faking it" or "just tomboys." We learn how and when to use the portable defibrillators that are being placed in public spaces. And we'll hear from the other doctor in the operating room, the anesthesiologist. 

Brad Bushman's study measured couples' anger using voodoo dolls.
Raymond Bryson via Flickr/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Have you seen the Snickers commercial where Godzilla happily plays ping pong and water-skis with humans....until his stomach starts to growl? Suddenly, Godzilla is crushing cars and breathing fire. Somebody tosses him a Snickers bar, and he's one of the bros again. 

It's becoming routine for cancer doctors to order a detailed genetic test of a patient's tumor to help guide treatment, but often those results are ambiguous. Researchers writing in Science Translational Medicine Wednesday say there's a way to make these expensive tests more useful.

Here's the issue: These genomic tests scan hundreds or even thousands of genes looking for mutations that cause or promote cancer growth. In the process, they uncover many mutations that scientists simply don't know how to interpret — some may be harmless.

Why Knuckles Crack

Apr 15, 2015

Scientists think they may have solved an old question about the cracking of knuckles: Why does it make that sound?

A Bullet, A President And An ER

Apr 15, 2015

Many historians have debated how our country might be different today if Lincoln had lived to see the country through the critical Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. In the debut story from the podcast Sick, our reporter Jake Harper asks a different question: if he’d been given modern medical treatment, could Lincoln’s life have been saved? 

Listen to find out.

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