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Manufacturing mental illness

Author Robert Whitaker talks to Need to Know about the efficacy of psychiatric drugs in treating mental illness.


  Lives on hold

The Pentagon estimates that one in five American soldiers will return from battle with a traumatic brain injury. Need to Know follows the families who look after these wounded veterans.


  Uncharted waters: The spill and human health

How serious are the short- and long-term health risks for clean-up workers? Need to Know talks to BP, leading scientists and Louisiana state health officials to find answers.


  The Gulf oil spill and its potential health effects

Need to Know spoke with George Jackson, a fisherman in Hopedale, La., who has complained of burning eyes and dizziness


Red meat

Good news for backyard barbecuers as we head into Memorial Day weekend: Red meat may not be totally bad for you. Here are 5 things you need to know.


Hope for American well-being in the next century

The co-founder of a project measuring American well-being sees hope for the next century in spite of poor results Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-founder and co-director of The Human Development Project (HDP), an initiative measuring human well-being in the U.S., is optimistic about the future of this country. Her optimism is not grounded in Americans’ current state [...]

British doctor who inspired worldwide vaccine scare banned

On Monday Britain’s medical council stripped Andrew Wakefield of his license, saying he had “abused his position of trust” and “brought the medical profession into disrepute.”


New study links pesticides and attention deficit in kids

A new study finds that children exposed to a common group of pesticides are at greater risk for attention-deficit disorder.


Make room for postpartum dads

A new study suggests that postpartum depression affects new dads, too.