Science

Sian Beilock: "Choke"

Sian Beilock: "Choke"

September 23, 2010

A psychologist and expert on brain science talks about why we "choke" when stressed. She paints a portrait of how people handle -- successfully or unsuccessfully -- life's daily pressures.

Thalidomide and the FDA

Thalidomide and the FDA

September 16, 2010

Fifty years ago, a newly appointed medical officer at the FDA stood up to corporate pressure and refused to approve thalidomide, the drug already used for morning sickness in other parts of the world. The case transformed how Americans...

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail"

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail"

September 8, 2010

Honey is a global food -- part of tradition, culture and trade. But it's not all sweet: the story also involves smuggling, deforestation and climate change. One woman explains what she found out when she went around the world in pursuit...

Environmental Outlook: Extreme Weather

September 7, 2010

Several parts of the world are coping with severe weather related events, including a record heatwave in Russia, severe flooding in Pakistan, mudslides in China, droughts in sub-Saharan Africa, and record high temperatures in parts of the...

Prescriptions for Medical Marijuana

September 1, 2010

Fourteen states and the District of Colombia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Which patients qualify for prescriptions and how business models are being developed for dispensaries.

Oil-Eating Microbes and the BP Spill

Oil-Eating Microbes and the BP Spill

August 26, 2010

A new study suggests mother nature might be cleaning up the BP spill faster than expected. Researchers found several species of oil-eating bacteria thriving in the submerged plume, but uncertainty remains over the threat to marine life.

Dr. Herbert Benson: "Relaxation Revolution"

Dr. Herbert Benson: "Relaxation Revolution"

August 24, 2010

Decades ago a young Harvard physician observed that the mind could aid in healing. He says now the science exists to back it up. Mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Herbert Benson.

New Studies in Palliative Care

New Studies in Palliative Care

August 24, 2010

Palliative care can be a powerful therapy for the pain and stress of serious illness. A new study shows it not only improves the quality of life, it actually extends it.

Childhood Epilepsy

Childhood Epilepsy

August 23, 2010

More than half of the nearly 3 million people who have epilepsy in the U.S. are children. What causes childhood epilepsy, treatments currently available and advice for families coping with this complex disorder.

The Resurgence of Bed Bugs

The Resurgence of Bed Bugs

August 19, 2010

They're back! Bed bugs are infesting retail stores and offices as well as bedrooms. Diane and guests explore what's behind the resurgence and what to do about it.

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