Refugees fill cans with water inside a camp in Baalbek, Lebanon, for Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country.
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June 29, 2013 As the civil war continues, a new study says Syria's health care system is near collapse. Outbreaks of disease are on the rise in the country, and refugees sheltered beyond the border are also at great risk.
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June 29, 2013 The largest gains in treatment of the disease have been made in the psycho-social realm — preparing the patient and the caregiver for what to expect. Dr. Jason Karlawish of the University of Pennsylvania tells guest host Lynn Neary what else researchers are learning.
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The Greenes say they take it a day at a time and relish the many long-term memories they've shared for nearly 60 years.
June 29, 2013 Pansy Greene, 73, is still in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She and her husband, Winston, describe their "journey," a term they use to refer to much more than Pansy's struggle with the disease.
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The federal rules for coverage of birth control by religiously affiliated groups are becoming clear.
June 28, 2013 Under final regulations issued Friday, most employers will have to provide contraception — at no charge to their employees — as part of their health insurance plans. There are exceptions for religious groups and alternatives for their affiliated organizations.
Therapy dogs Barney (rear) and Hazel are on the job comforting weary travelers at LAX.
June 28, 2013 Los Angeles International Airport has 30 comfort dogs assigned to assist weary and stressed-out travelers. The airports in San Jose and Miami are using dogs, too. Many passengers say it's helpful to see a smiling dog at the end of the security check-in.
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Late nights lead people to eat more.
June 28, 2013 People who were forced to stay up until the wee hours in a sleep lab ate food packing more than 500 extra calories. For people who regularly miss out on sleep, these late-night calories can really add up.
Health workers vaccinate a boy against polio at a May immunization drive in Mogadishu, Somalia.
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June 28, 2013 The world is closer than ever to wiping out polio. But a growing outbreak in the Horn of Africa has health workers worried that the virus could spread to surrounding regions. Thirty-one kids have been paralyzed by the poliovirus in the past two months, and the number is expected to rise.
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June 28, 2013 In the new book Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, co-authors Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld examine the science behind some recent brain imaging research. Satel joins host Ira Flatow and other guests for a look at what brain scans can — "and cannot — "tell us about human behavior and how the mind works.
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Federal authorities seized a bunch of websites belonging to online pharmacies that were allegedly breaking the law.
June 28, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado cracked down on more than 1,600 websites that the feds say are breaking the law in the way they're selling prescription drugs, some of them counterfeits.
"These thing that were a part of me before the crash, are still present in me" - Joshua Prager
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June 28, 2013 When Joshua Prager was 19, a devastating bus accident left him paralyzed on his left side. He returned to Israel twenty years later to find the driver who turned his world upside down. Prager tells his story and probes deep questions of identity, self-deception and destiny.
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Sherwin Nuland speaking at TED.
June 28, 2013 Sherwin Nuland is a successful surgeon and author known for his bestselling books on the nature of life and death. But 40 years ago, he faced spending the rest of his life in a mental institution. Nuland describes how electroshock therapy gave him a second lease on life.
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They're back: Cheaper mail-order medications from Canada and other foreign lands.
June 27, 2013 Mail-order foreign pharmacies became less popular after a 2006 law helped seniors get Medicare coverage for medications. But many seniors still have trouble paying for drugs. The Maine legislature just approved a new law so its citizens can once again order drugs from Canada and Europe.
The cause of strokes in younger people remains largely a mystery.
June 27, 2013 Scientists were surprised to find that people who have had a concussion or other traumatic brain injury are more likely to have a stroke in the next few years. That's particularly true for people under age 50. But scientists don't know for sure if the brain injuries are the cause of the strokes.
Lazy day summer beach goers relax on the sands of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
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June 27, 2013 The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach report card, detailing the levels of bacteria measured at beaches across the nation. Several beaches on the East Coast get gold stars.
Hit return for health coverage.
June 27, 2013 Proponents of the health law liken the sign-up software to Expedia or Travelocity, where travelers can book flights and hotels. It may be more like TurboTax, escorting you through requirements and choices much more complex than whether you want a flight in the afternoon or the morning.
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