Health

 
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Can more care mean lower costs?

One percent of people account for 30 percent of healthcare costs. And those are the people we should be focusing on, says Atul Gawande.

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Emergency

A week in a large, busy emergency room in Brooklyn, as seen through the lens of VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson.

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  When care runs out

Parents of children with severe developmental disabilities often have to fight to get them what they need, especially once they become adults.

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First Look: Coming of age with autism

An Indiana teenager with severe autism could lose the residential care he needs if the state withdraws its funding. Maria Hinojosa spoke with the single father raising him.

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  Building for health

This week on our Karr on Culture podcast: Can better urban infrastructure make Americans healthier?

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Does our ability to love also explain our prejudices?

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that brotherly love and xenophobia may be two sides of the same coin. Oxytocin, a hormone often sweetly referred to as a “love drug” or a “cuddle chemical,” may also be responsible for prejudice against outsiders. Carsten K. W. De Dreu, [...]

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Jared Loughner may be mentally ill. But does that matter?

The debate over the shootings in Arizona has turned to the accused gunman’s mental state. But is there a connection between violence and mental illness? Some psychiatrists say no.

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  The secret life of the middle-aged brain

Author Barbara Strauch how our brains may actually become more efficient as we age.

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  The Watch List: The medication of foster children

Foster children are some of the most heavily medicated children in the nation. Need to Know investigates the use and potential overuse of powerful anti psychotics in our foster care systems, focusing on Texas, which has done much to reform its practices.