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Daily Rounds: Freed From Fernald; Germiest Mall Spots; Guilt Behind PTSD: Birth Control Battle

Former Fernald residents celebrate being free (The Boston Globe) - "Richard and the others know trouble. When they lived there, Waltham’s sprawling Walter E. Fernald State School typified all that was wrong with the way we treated people with disabilities. Institutionalized from the 1940s to the early 1970s, the four men grew up in an era when disabled children were shut away, written off by doctors, separated from families overwhelmed by their needs. For many, the Fernald was a hellish place." (The Boston Globe)

The 8 germiest places in the mall (Huffington Post) - ""Anywhere people gather is filled with bacteria and viruses, and a crowded shopping mall is a perfect example," says Philip Tierno, Ph.D., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center. With that in mind, we asked a panel of experts to rank the worst germ hot spots at your local shopping center." (The Huffington Post)

Feelings of guilt may be a top factor in PTSD (USA Today) - "A leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder is guilt that troops experience because of moral dilemmas faced in combat, according to preliminary findings of a study of active-duty Marines. The conflicts that servicemembers feel may include "survivor's guilt," from living through an attack in which other servicemembers died, and witnessing or participating in the unintentional killing of women or children, researchers involved in the study say." (USA Today)

Battling over birth control (The New York Times) - "It was distressing but came as no surprise that the new rules prompted protests from Roman Catholic bishops and other church leaders. What is surprising, and even more distressing, is that the White House is considering caving to their call for an expansive exemption that would cover employees of hospitals, universities, charitable organizations and other entities that are associated with religious organizations but serve the general public and benefit from public money." (The New York Times)

This program aired on November 25, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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