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Morning Edition

To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

Doctors and parents often miss the signs of female athlete triad syndrome — low energy, low bone density and irregular menstruation in an otherwise healthy-looking girl or teen.

Morning Edition

If Fish Is Brain Food, Can Fish Oil Pills Boost Brains, Too?

Research suggests eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for the brain. But when it comes to staving off cognitive decline in seniors, fish oil supplements just don't cut it, a study finds.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.

Weekend Edition Saturday

As Heroin Addiction Grows, Maine Focuses On Drug Enforcement

A cap on the number of opiate addiction patients that doctors can treat means many who want to take Suboxone can't get access to it. In Maine, the governor has reduced funding for the treatment.

When He Says Yoga Saved His Life, He's Not Exaggerating

A boy loses his father. A family loses its livelihood. The boy runs drugs and picks pockets so his siblings can eat. He is convinced he will die. And then ... he takes a yoga class.

Freezing Eggs May Reduce A Woman's Odds Of Success With IVF

Women who used frozen donor eggs instead of fresh for IVF had lower odds of having a baby, a study finds. But doctors say frozen eggs remain a good option for many women.

Poll Finds Most Women Believe Mammograms Should Be Done Annually

While the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says most women should get screening mammograms every two years, an NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll finds women think they should go every year.

All Things Considered

Planned Parenthood Says Experts Found Misleading Edits In Videos

Planned Parenthood has paid forensic experts to comb through undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists, and their report finds significant distortions and misleading edits. The report has been handed over to Congress, which is investigating allegations that Planned Parenthood illegally profits from fetal tissue donation.

A Man Shed Live Polio Virus In His Stool For 28 Years

That's the longest span for one individual to excrete the live virus in history. It's not the norm, that's for certain. But how much of a concern is it in the war to wipe out polio?

FDA Warns Tobacco Companies Advertising 'Natural' Cigarettes

Unless a cigarette is safer than others, it can't be labeled "natural" or "additive-free," the Food and Drug Administration told three manufacturers.

Personal Trainer Regulations Have Gyms Sweating

August 28, 2015
Dawn Lillington does a deadlift during a CrossFit workout at Ross Valley CrossFit on March 14, 2014 in San Anselmo, California. CrossFit, a high intensity workout regimen that is a constantly varied mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics and Olympic weight lifting, is one of the fastest growing fitness programs in the world. The grueling cult-like core strength and conditioning program is popular with firefighters, police officers, members of the military and professional athletes. Since its inception in 2000, the number of CrossFit affiliates, or 'boxes' has skyrocketed to over 8,500 worldwide with more opening every year. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Physical Therapy Board in Washington, D.C. is preparing new guidelines that would place further requirements on the industry.

Investigation: Companies Prey On Victims Of Lead Poisoning

August 27, 2015

Washington Post reporter Terrence McCoy found that many victims sold their settlements, sometimes for pennies on the dollar.

Anti-Abortion Rights Groups Target Patient Personal Information

August 27, 2015
Cheryl Sullenger is senior policy adviser for the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, based in Wichita, Kansas. She's pictured here on March 14, 2014. (John Hanna/AP)

Activists are increasingly going after the patients and doctors at abortion clinics – and their personal medical records.

Why Don’t We Have Mental Health Parity?

August 27, 2015
The slow-going struggle for mental health parity (Getty Images)

Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So why don’t they?

Think Boston’s Sex Industry Disappeared With The Combat Zone? Think Again.

August 26, 2015
Audrey Morrissey is the associate director at My Life My Choice. She spent 13 years in the sex trade before becoming a mentor to at-risk girls in Greater Boston. (Courtesy of My Life My Choice)

Audrey Morrissey is associate director for the group My Life My Choice, where she mentors at-risk youth now. But she was just 16 years old when she began working as a prostitute in what was then called the “Combat Zone.”

A Recipe For Longevity? Beans, Friends, Purpose And Movement

August 26, 2015
What is the recipe for living a long, healthy, happy life? Dan Buettner has been researching this for nearly a decade. (Pixabay)

For nearly a decade, Dan Buettner has researched the places people live longest, healthiest and happiest.

New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

August 26, 2015
Young Sino and his daughter Demarri Warren participate in a remembrance event along the Industrial Canal flood wall, seen in background, in the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert 8/29/14)

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. We’ll look at how the city struggled, rebuilt, recovered — and where it stands now.

Amid Opioid Crisis, It’s Busy Work For Boston’s Needle Collection Team

August 26, 2015
A used needle is disposed of by John Canty, of the Mobile Sharps Collection Team, the city’s needle gathering unit, in Clifford Park in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state’s opioid crisis is visible in many public places, where syringes litter the ground. We tagged along for a sweep of a Boston park.

4 Ways To Talk To Teens About The New Hampshire Prep School Rape Trial

August 25, 2015
Owen Labrie listens to testimony in Merrimack County Superior Court Tuesday. He is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of the "Senior Salute" at the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. (Jim Cole/AP)

The case brings up so many complicated issues, from what constitutes consent, to bigger questions about teens and their attitudes and expectations about sex.

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

August 25, 2015
Ajak Kuol Nyamchiek, 7, watches while John Lotiki, a nurse with the Carter Center, bandages the blister on her leg from where a guinea worm is slowly emerging in Abuyong, Sudan, Nov. 4, 2010. Nyamchiek is a patient at Center’s guinea worm case containment center. Nurses at this center in Abuyong, a village in Awerial County in Southern Sudan’s Lakes state, bandage the worms twice daily, after gently pulling the worms out several inches each time. If they break while they are being pulled out of the swollen blisters, the wounds become infected and the worms withdraw back into the body, prolonging the pain for the victims. (Maggie Fick/AP)

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.

Can You Reduce Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s?

August 24, 2015
Eating a healthy diet can help protect against Alzheimer's, according to the meta-analysis by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. (with wind/Flickr)

Nine factors appear to be associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s, including obesity and depression.

CDC Study Says School Starts Too Early For Teens

August 24, 2015
Chronically tired students have higher rates of obesity and depression, and an overall lower quality of life and academic performance, according to a new CDC study. (viictoria4/Flickr)

Chronically tired students have higher rates of obesity and depression and an overall lower quality of life, according to the study.

New Science On Same-Sex Attraction

August 24, 2015
Scotty Brown, 32, left, of Chicago, kisses Roger Knight, 31, of Chicago, as they get married during the Chicago Pride Parade on Broadway Street on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Chicago. (AP)

What makes people gay? Evidence is mounting for nature over nurture. We’ll look at the latest research on human sexuality.

Statewide Analysis Uncovers Leaky Mass. Gas Lines

August 21, 2015
A map by HEET MA of the city of Boston's natural gas leaks. (Courtesy of HEET MA)

Cohasset bears the most leaks in the state — one for every six homes that use gas.

Residency Programs For Nurse Practitioners Becoming More Common

August 21, 2015
During a year-long residency program for new nurse practitioners, Shawn Marie Fox sees her own patients two afternoons a week. (Rowan Moore Gerety/Northwest Public Radio)

Faced with a shortage of primary care doctors, more and more clinics are relying on nurse practitioners to fill the gap.

Treating Advanced Cancer In Older Adults

August 21, 2015
An auxiliary nurse helps a patient walk in a geriatric unit at the CHU Angers teaching hospital in Angers, western France, on October 23, 2013. (Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images)

How unusual is it that someone Jimmy Carter’s age is receiving aggressive treatment for cancer that has spread?

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