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Suicide Attempts Prompt State Of Emergency In Canada First Nation Community

April 11, 2016
Office of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Attawapiskat, Ontario. The red building at left is post office. This photograph was taken in the early 1990s. (Paul Lantz/Wikimedia Commons)

The leaders of the Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency, after 11 people attempted suicide on Saturday.

Massachusetts Sees A Spike In The Number Of Babies Born Exposed To Opioids

April 8, 2016
Shortly after birth, James was diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome. He has since been adopted and his adoptive mom says he is thriving. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Massachusetts hospitals are seeing evidence that the opioid epidemic is affecting the next generation.

In Texas, Concerns Over The Future Of State Medicaid

April 7, 2016
Texas lawmakers consider cuts to the medicaid program. (Dave Wilson/Flickr)

Texas lawmakers are debating the future of the state’s Medicaid program and looking at ways to cut services and costs.

In South America, Zika Virus Raises Questions of Morality, Abortion Law

April 7, 2016

In countries where abortions are illegal, the issue raises questions about whether laws should be adjusted in response to the health crisis.

Why Don’t The Nation’s Top Med Schools Have Family Medicine Departments?

April 6, 2016
Ten medical schools -- including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins -- do not have departments for family medicine. (proimos/Flickr)

Elite medical schools are among the ten in the nation that do not have a department of family medicine.

Amy Schumer Challenges Being In Glamour’s ‘Plus Size’ Issue

April 6, 2016
Honoree Amy Schumer accepts the Breakthrough Award for Comedy onstage at the Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards during the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

Schumer says her problem is that Glamour did not tell her she would be labeled “plus size.”

Peggy Orenstein On Teen Sexuality And Hookup Culture

April 5, 2016

What is it like to hit puberty in the age of the Kardashians and Instagram?

Study: African Americans Are Under-Treated For Pain

April 5, 2016
A new study finds racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations. (Pixabay)

A new study examined the beliefs of white medical students and laypeople about biological differences between white and black patients.

CommonHealth: One Night In The Life Of A College Crisis Clinician

April 4, 2016
(Romain Caplanne/Flickr)

A mental health professional has to make a decision about how to deal with a student who is potentially suicidal.

A Different Approach to Combating Opioid Addiction

April 4, 2016
OxyContin pills at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.  (Toby Talbot/AP)

Dr. Carl Hart says he believes the only way to truly transform the opioid addiction crisis is to completely legalize all drugs.

Fact And Fiction About Monsanto

April 1, 2016
The entrance sign is seen at the headquarters of Monsanto, at Creve Coeur (St. Louis), Missouri, on April 7, 2014. Monsanto is the world's largest seed supplier. (Juliette Michel/AFP/Getty Images)

Following our interview with Monsanto’s CEO, NPR’s Dan Charles joins us to dig into some of the claims he made.

CDC To Host Zika Action Plan Summit

March 31, 2016
Tom Frieden, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is pictured on October 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The government is preparing for what public health officials believe is an eventuality: an outbreak of the Zika virus in U.S. states.

Medical Preparedness Lessons From Brussels, Boston, Paris And Beyond

March 30, 2016
In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, emergency personnel assist a wounded person on the sidewalk after an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston. In a rebuttal to the terrorists and a tribute to stellar medical care, all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts one week ago who made it to a hospital alive now seem likely to survive. (AP Photo/Kenshin Okubo, File)

What are some of the emergency medical lessons learned after attacks like the Boston Marathon bombing and Brussels?

Activists Pushing For More States To Ban Abortions Based On Broader Criteria

March 30, 2016
In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2016, Ellie Hermann, stands near the street as cars drive by with a protesting sign near the West Alabama Women’s Center, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

A new law in Indiana makes it illegal for women to get an abortion because a baby would be born with a disability.

New Restrictions On Deadly Silica Dust, 40 Years In The Making

March 30, 2016
A worker wearing a respirator mask pours a bag of concrete mix into a hopper at the 3 World Trade Center construction site, Monday, April 14, 2014 in New York. Three World Trade Center, now up to seven floors, will be 80 stories when completed. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

When naturally-occurring silica gets stirred up in mines and on construction sites it can destroy workers’ lungs.

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