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Spore Wars Help Fend Off Life-Threatening Bacterial Infections

NPR | May 05, 2015

Infections with C. difficile are a big problem for people in hospitals and nursing homes. An experimental treatment with spores from a harmless version of the bacterium prevented new infections.

What Makes A Life Worth Living?

NPR | May 05, 2015

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

What Defines A Person's Sense Of Self?

NPR | May 05, 2015

Caroline Casey was 17 years old when she first learned she was visually impaired. Embracing her disability helped nourish her need for self-esteem.

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Federal Panel Revisits Contested Recommendation On Mammograms

NPR | May 5, 2015 7:47 a.m.

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said the benefits of mammograms for women under 50 were small at best. A firestorm ensued. Now the organization is back with the same message.

Health | World

How Does War Teach Soldiers About Love?

NPR | May 5, 2015 7:41 a.m.

Journalist Sebastian Junger was embedded with soldiers during the war in Afghanistan. He says many veterans miss war because it fulfills a deep human need to belong to a trusted group.

Health | Science

Why Do We Need Sleep?

NPR | May 5, 2015 7:41 a.m.

What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.

Entertainment | Health | Science

How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?

NPR | May 5, 2015 7:40 a.m.

Brandeis Psychology professor Margie Lachman works in the same office where Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs. She describes his lasting influence on psychology.

Education | Health

How Can Kids Help Parents Manage Their Family?

NPR | May 5, 2015 7:38 a.m.

Parents help their kids manage their lives. But according to Bruce Feiler, it can work the other way around. It just takes a little insight, drawn from Japanese computer programming principles.

Health | World

The World's Mothers Don't Always Get The Care They Need

NPR | May 4, 2015 5:51 p.m.

The release of a new report on the world's mothers is a reminder of the gap between rich and poor — in the developing world and in American cities as well.

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Mentally Ill Prisoners Routinely Pepper-Sprayed And Isolated

OPB | May 4, 2015 2:44 p.m. | Portland

Prisoners with severe mental illness are routinely tasered, pepper-sprayed, isolated, and denied access to adequate mental health care - according to a new report by Disability Rights Oregon.

Health | Science | Nation

The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

NPR | May 4, 2015 2:40 p.m.

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

Health | Science | Nation

Urine For A Surprise: Your Pee Might Reveal Your Risk For Obesity

NPR | May 4, 2015 1:38 p.m.

There are clues about your activity level and metabolism in urine. Researchers hope to one day predict obesity risk by tracking the different levels and ratios of certain molecules in pee.

Health | Science | Nation

Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

NPR | May 4, 2015 1:37 p.m.

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.


Vital Signs

Oregon is at the forefront of the nation's health care reform. OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil looks at how those changes are affecting Oregonians.

Vital Signs | Feb. 14, 2014

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