March 22, 2012 When Colorado Rockies catcher Ben Petrick was 22, his doctors told him he had early-onset Parkinson's. He struggled to hide the symptoms, but, frustrated by his shaking and growing lack of mobility, he retired in 2004. Petrick has since focused on coaching, parenting and giving motivational speeches.
February 24, 2012 Elderly people taking Haldol, an older antipsychotic, were twice as likely to die within six months of starting the drug as those taking Risperdal, a commonly used newer drug. Older antipsychotic drugs shouldn't be used to dementia symptoms in the elderly, a new study of the options concludes.
February 13, 2012 CPRThe nearly 200-year-old writing system may be meeting its match. Smartphones and screen-reading software are making Braille less and less necessary. Today, the National Federation for the Blind predicts that only one in 10 blind people can actually read it.
December 26, 2011 WHYYAir travel horror stories typically involve lost luggage or missed connections. But families affected by autism face other challenges in navigating airports and planes. A program in Philadelphia is bringing families, airport employees and airlines together to help autistic kids fly more comfortably.
December 15, 2011 The plan would include a cap on total Medicare spending and feature more private competition than under the current program. Even if the proposal draws support, it won't be introduced as legislation until after the 2012 election.
December 6, 2011 Tell Me More's 'In Limbo' series continues with Nigerian native Chinonye Omeje. She had a seizure while cooking and fell into a hot pot, which caused blindness and severe burns. She came to the U.S. for medical treatments, and must stay due to her immigration status, and educational and physical needs. Host Michel Martin explores her story.
November 11, 2011 More soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds that would have been fatal a decade ago. The injuries have led to advances in combat medicine but have challenged the health care systems meant to help veterans back home. War reporter David Wood talks with Fresh Air about the hurdles facing these troops and their families.