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Small Vermont Town Deals With Big Heroin Problem

February 1, 2016
Concepcion Cruz, who has been in recovery for five years, is part of a group of volunteers trying to confront addiction in Randolph, Vermont. (Steve Zind/VPR)

Concepcion Cruz, who has been in recovery for five years, is part of a group of volunteers trying to confront addiction in Randolph.

Paramedics Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions In Arizona Town

January 29, 2016
Buckeye Fire Captain McKenzie Hess and paramedic Jim Helms speak with the Rodgers, a couple living in Buckeye. Both have been to Banner Estrella Medical Center for various health issues. (Casey Kuhn/KJZZ)

A pilot paramedicine program in Buckeye, Arizona, was introduced as a way to lower the local hospital’s readmission rate.

Weight Watchers Stock Rises On Oprah Weight Loss

January 27, 2016
Oprah Winfrey on stage during her An Evening With Oprah tour on December 12, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Oprah announced this week on Twitter that she lost 26 pounds – good news for her, but even better news for Weight Watchers.

New ‘Transformative’ Breakthrough In Schizophrenia Research

January 27, 2016
Sydney and her mother Lori looking into the mirror where Sydney experienced her first symptoms of schizophrenia. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute have found the gene that may be responsible for schizophrenia.

Using Mosquitoes To Fight Mosquitoes With Zika Virus

January 27, 2016
Dr. Andrew McKemey releases Oxitec male mosquitoes in Brazil. (Courtesy of Oxitec)

Researchers are trying to find ways to battle the disease, including introducing genetically-modified mosquitoes.

President Obama Calls For Urgent Action, More Research On Zika Virus

January 27, 2016
Dr. Angela Rocha, a pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital, examines Ludmilla Hadassa Dias de Vasconcelos (2 months), who has microcephaly, on January 26, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. In the last four months, authorities have recorded close to 4,000 cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. The ailment results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders including decreased brain development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus outbreak is likely to spread throughout nearly all the Americas. At least 12 cases in the United States have now been confirmed by the CDC. Brazil reported the first cases in the Americas of local transmissions of the virus last year. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hemen Branswell of STAT gives us a primer on the mosquito-borne virus, including information for women traveling to Latin America.

Doctor Who Helped Expose Flint’s Water Crisis Looks For Solutions

January 26, 2016
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Mich., works at her desk, Jan. 2, 2016. The hospital is where more than 2,000 children have been tested for lead since the water switch was made in 2014. Safe drinking water has not flowed from many Flint faucets for almost two years after the state-run city switched its source to the highly corrosive Flint River and failed to treat it properly to protect lead from leaching into it. The doctor is credited with bringing the problem to the public’s attention even as state agencies dismissed her concerns. (AP Photo/Roger Schneider)

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is working to create programs for Flint residents who are already seeing the effects of lead poisoning.

Searching For The Secret To Longevity

January 22, 2016
Despite several reports that Susannah Mushatt Jones' daily bacon breakfast is the secret to her long life, she credits living close to family for making it to her 116th birthday last July. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Despite reports that Susannah Mushatt Jones’ daily bacon breakfast is the secret to her long life, she credits living close to family.

An App To Detect Head Injuries

January 22, 2016
A neuroscientist at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, has developed an iPad app called “BrainCheck” that uses research-backed games to collect data on neurocognitive function. (Houston Public Media)

A neuroscientist in Houston has developed an iPad app that uses research-backed games to collect data on neurocognitive function.

How Do You Fix The Water Problems In Flint?

January 22, 2016
A handyman explains a new water filter to Terrence Tyler at his residence in Shiloh Commons, January 21, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. The city's water supply had been contaminated by lead after a switch from Lake Huron to the Flint river as a source in April, 2014. At a local fire station, residents were provided with water testing jugs, filters and clean water brought in by the National Guard. Residents also brought in water samples from their homes which would be sent out for lead testing. (Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

The city can’t afford the $1.5 billion price tag to replace its aging pipes, which are leaching lead into the water.

In Many Nursing Homes, Resident Deaths Are Kept Secret

January 20, 2016
Wheelchairs (Pixabay)

Staff members often refuse to admit a resident has died, even when their friends ask where they’ve gone, reports Bob Tedeschi of STAT.

Methane Leak Spurs Call For Pipeline Oversight

January 20, 2016
A woman holds a sign while attending a public hearing before the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) regarding a proposed stipulated abatement order to stop a nearby massive natural gas leak, on January 16, 2016 in Granada Hills, near Porter Ranch, California. More than 80,000 metric tons of methane gas have spewed from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility since October 23, causing thousands of Porter Ranch residents to leave their homes, and the closures of two schools where students are being bussed to campuses farther away from the gas. State officials are now concerned that a seventh attempt to plug the well may have increased the chance of a blowout, which would greatly increase the release of gas as well as the risk of a massive well fire if ignited by a spark. The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) hopes to repair the leak by sometime in March. (David McNew/Getty Images)

It’s estimated the leak in Los Angeles has pumped 4.6 billion cubic feet of potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Flint Mother: Water Crisis Is ‘Worse Than The Media Portrays’

January 20, 2016
Lifelong Flint resident Chia Morgan is pictured with her 3-year-old daughter Malia. (Courtesy)

Chia Morgan, a social worker and parent of a 3-year-old, explains how the water crisis is affecting her family.

Michigan Governor To Call For Flint Water Crisis ‘Action Plan’

January 19, 2016
The Flint River flows downtown in Flint, Michigan on January 17, 2016. President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Michigan, which will free up federal aid to help the city of Flint with lead contaminated drinking water. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder requested emergency and disaster declarations after activating the National Guard to help the American Red Cross distribute water to residents. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

In his State of the State Address tonight, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to spend most of the speech discussing the water crisis.

A Flint Native On His City’s History, Decline And The Water Crisis

January 15, 2016
Throughout Flint, abandoned houses like this one are ravaged by thieves known as scrappers in search of any metal they can resell — doorknobs, radiators, aluminum siding, but especially copper wiring and plumbing. (Gordon Young)

The city of 100,000 people wasn’t always such a rough place. Gordon Young discusses “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City.”

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