Health

  • FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 12:  Children living in Ferguson where Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on August 9, 2014,  play football in Ferguson, Mo., on August 12, 2015. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
    Three reasons little kids shouldn’t play football
    December 2, 2016
  • A nurse takes blood from a man who received a free HIV test at an event to mark World AIDS day in Colombo, Sri Lanka December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte - RTSU6FJ
    December 1, 2016  

    On World AIDS Day, we take a look at efforts being made to improve prevention and treatment of the virus. While encouraging advancements have been achieved, AIDS is still the number one killer of women ages 18 to 55. William Brangham speaks with Jon Cohen of Science magazine about recent developments, why adolescents present a particular challenge and securing global funding to fight the disease. Continue reading

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    December 1, 2016  

    On November 8, multiple states legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes — so Joe Dolce’s new book on the substance’s history in the U.S. is timely. Dolce argues marijuana’s bad reputation is a result of political demonization, including an intentional name change and association with hippies and disorder. This is his Brief but Spectacular take on the past and future of cannabis. Continue reading

  • A synthesized version of the substance naturally found in hallucinogenic mushrooms shows promise in treating anxiety and depression in cancer patients, new studies find.  Photo by  Roger Cremers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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    It was mid-morning when Carol Vincent, the owner of a small marketing firm in Victoria, British Columbia, sat down and swallowed a capsule full of pure, synthesized psilocybin. Many people are familiar with the “natural” version, found in so-called magic … Continue reading

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    On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration gave an important boost to a therapy that uses MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, to treat PTSD, clearing the way for one or more large-scale research studies. Since 2004, more than 100 patients have been treated in a series of trials in the U.S., Switzerland and Israel. In the largest to be published, more than 80 percent of participants were significantly better at their long-term follow-up – as many as six years after the last treatment session. Continue reading

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Seema Verma, president and founder of SVC Inc., gets into an elevator as she arrives at Trump Tower, November 22, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    November 29, 2016  

    President-elect Donald Trump chose orthopedist and six-term Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and health policy expert Seema Verma to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s pick for secretary of state is still in question: Mitt Romney and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) appear to be contenders. John Yang reports. Continue reading

  • Chairman of the House Budget Committee Tom Price (R-GA) announces the House Budget during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2015.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo - RTSTR8O
    November 29, 2016  

    Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga) is an orthopedic surgeon and a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act. He’s also President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sabrina Corlette of Georgetown University, Robert Moffit of The Heritage Foundation and Sarah Kliff of Vox about Price’s background and how he might shape health care policy. Continue reading

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    November 29, 2016  

    In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a program that enables critically and chronically ill children to be part of a sports team. Seven-year-old Ava loves to play soccer. When she was diagnosed with leukemia, she was sidelined from the game. But thanks to Team IMPACT, Ava is now an honorary member of Babson College’s women’s soccer team. From WGBH in Boston, Tina Martin reports. Continue reading

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    Puberty can cause enormous stress for transgender youths — but relief has come for some in the form of puberty blockers. Continue reading

  • Marijuana is seen under a magnifier at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014.  REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo - RTX2SH68
    November 25, 2016  

    On November 8, multiple states legalized the use of marijuana for either recreational or medicinal purposes — thus marking a major shift in U.S. drug policy. William Brangham speaks with Taylor West of the National Cannabis Administration and Jonathan Hudak of the Brookings Institution about marijuana law and how it might evolve under President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming administration. Continue reading

  • Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections, prepares a dose of Vivitrol at the prison in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014.  Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken  September 2, 2014.  To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/    REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY CRIME LAW DRUGS HEALTH) - RTR44U8Y
    November 24, 2016  

    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is warning Americans of the prevalence of substance abuse and the risks of not addressing it. His new report describes the lethal impact and widespread scope of addiction. William Brangham speaks with Murthy for more on why so few people find effective treatment, the stigma around addiction and the corresponding medical and legal costs of the problem.
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