October 19, 2006 UCLA's Dr. Rex Hamilton and USC's Dr. James Salz discuss Lasik's success rate, side effects, and the need to tailor expectations to the condition of your eye.
October 12, 2006 Many surgeons had tried before, but Soviet Russia's Svyatoslav Fyodorov was the first to perfect a surgical procedure that corrects nearsightedness. He had a vision: "Beautiful Eyes for Everyone." And once Gorbachev came into power, Fyodorov began exporting his surgical technique around the world.
September 21, 2006 Arthritis, bunions, knee pain and shin splints; it's a pernicious group of injuries that frequently conspires to keep runners off the road. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella and Danny Dreyer, founder of the ChiRunning method, answer your questions about how to make running work for you.
August 10, 2006 The man who launched the search that would turn up Pluto was also responsible for launching Martian mania in America. Percival Lowell believed Mars was home to intelligent life, but he couldn't prove it. So he turned to something he could prove: the existence of a ninth planet.
August 1, 2006 The Food and Drug Administration is again considering whether to allow the emergency contraception Plan B to be sold without a prescription. Here, a look at how Plan B works, and the controversy surrounding it.
July 20, 2006 Soldiers who are burned in Iraq owe a debt to the members of the Guinea Pig Club. That's how badly burned Royal Air Force pilots from World War II referred to themselves. As doctors struggled to care for the men, they made major advances in treatment for burn victims — in the medical arena and in the psychological arena as well.
July 9, 2006 Autistic people can be isolated, Temple Grandin says, not only because they have difficulty making a connection with so-called "normal" people, but because normal people find it difficult to put themselves in an autistic person's shoes and see the world from their perspective.
June 26, 2006 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation now wields a fortune that holds the potential for dramatic change. Two public-health experts examine the attractions and perils of the Gates' role in global health.
June 8, 2006 To learn more about data safety monitoring boards and their role in protecting patients who participate in drug studies, NPR turned to statistician David DeMets. He says the current watchdog system for patient safety is a good one, but there are practical limits on the extent to which drugs can be monitored.
May 17, 2006 Going into confirmation hearings, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle credit Gen. Michael Hayden as a leading figure in the intelligence community. But there are concerns over Hayden's military background and his role in the NSA's domestic spy program.
May 4, 2006 It's allergy season and your head is pounding, what do you take? Tylenol Sinus, Advil or Imitrex? And what's a vegan with migraine to do? Johns Hopkins Neurologist David Buchholz answers your questions on migraine and its nefarious symptoms.
April 30, 2006 Gallaudet University's first deaf president is stepping down after 18 years. In a Q & A, he spoke with NPR's Joseph Shapiro about his legacy, and how the DPN movement changed and energized the deaf community
April 8, 2006 Lawmakers in Massachusetts earlier this week enacted a sweeping healthcare bill that aims to insure almost every citizen over the next three years. NPR's Richard Knox speaks with health economist Stuart Altman about the bill's attractions and weaknesses.
April 8, 2006 A new Massachusetts law would promote affordable insurance plans and allow people to pay for them with pre-tax dollars. The bill is currently before the state's Republican governor, Mitt Romney. NPR's Richard Knox spoke with Romney about the bill and its genesis.
March 29, 2006 Perhaps the most well-known war veteran in recent years is Max Cleland. The former senator from Georgia has been campaigning on behalf of Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who is also an amputee. Cleland spoke with NPR's Joseph Shapiro about Duckworth's fighting spirit, and the struggle disabled vets face in their bid for public office.