May 27, 2004 The federal government has just issued the largest survey to date of Americans' use of complementary and alternative medicine. The findings compile data on who uses alternative treatments like echinacea and acupuncture, and why. NPR's Joanne Silberner reports.
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May 27, 2004 Kentucky family court Judge Michael Foellger is giving some deadbeat dads a choice: Get a vasectomy or go to jail. Some say it drives home an important message to shiftless deadbeats. Others argue there's a shameful history of forced sterilization used against the poor and people of color. NPR's Tavis Smiley weighs both sides with attorney Jeffery Leving, author of the book Father's Rights, and Barbara Harris, director and founder of CRACK (Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity).
May 27, 2004 Most American men over 50 get an annual blood test, called a PSA, that is thought to indicate whether they may have prostate cancer. But a new study questions the accuracy of the widely used test and raises questions about how best to screen for the cancer. NPR's Richard Knox reports.
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May 25, 2004 A new study shows that women who regularly take aspirin may be less likely to get breast cancer. The findings confirm previous research, but goes further by pinpointing why this common painkiller -- but not other painkillers -- has a beneficial effect. The study's results are in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association. NPR's Joe Palca reports.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks with Slate legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick about the legal questions involved when pregnant mothers reject medical advice, and doctors seek to override those decisions.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Madeleine Brand reports on how two recent cases have tested how best to balance the rights of a pregnant woman to control her medical care, and a doctor's desire to protect the health of a fetus.
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May 25, 2004 New findings issued by the Latino Commission on AIDS reveal that HIV infections have increased in the Latino community by nearly 30 percent in 2004. These numbers are challenging leaders and activists to think about how to more effectively educate the community on how to combat the spread of HIV. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Dennis DeLeon, president of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and acclaimed actress Lupe Ontiveros, who has appeared in such films as As Good as It Gets and Real Women Have Curves.
April 8, 2004 Commentator Joe Wright is in his second year of medical school, and sometimes he can't believe how much science he's absorbed in the last year in a half. Here's one thing he's learned from science that he'd like to share... about heat shock proteins.
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January 17, 2004 Uganda's devastating AIDS epidemic spawned the "ABC" program for awareness and prevention: abstain, be careful, use condoms. But young people are still putting themselves at risk -- and getting a mixed message about the disease. NPR's Brenda Wilson reports.
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December 1, 2003 Although the world's attention is focused on the growing AIDS epidemic in Africa and Asia, patients in the U.S. often lack medication and treatment. AIDS activists in the United States are concerned with cutbacks at a time when there are indications of a resurgence of domestic cases. NPR's Brenda Wilson reports.
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November 12, 1999 As many as 3,000 "mental hygiene" films were shown in schools in the years after the Second World War. They provide lessons about dating, manners and delinquency, all wrapped up in a tidy 10-minute package. Lost and Found Sound got a tour through these films from author Ken Smith.
November 7, 1997 Experts agree you can't fight the sniffles by avoiding the outdoors. In fact, most people get ill by staying in, breathing air contaminated by sick people. When a cold hits, some turn to alternative remedies. While they're popular, science isn't exactly behind them.
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