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26 Mar 2019

PBS NewsHour - Health

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The latest medical news, analysis and reporting. (Updated periodically)

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    What novelist Don Winslow thinks of America’s war on drugs

    Novelist Don Winslow has spent 20 years chronicling the war on drug cartels south of the U.S. border that have triggered unspeakable violence and caravans of asylum-seekers searching for safety in the U.S. His new novel “The Border" is the concluding work of a trilogy that was born out of a single news story in the late-1990s. NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Jeff Greenfield recently sat down with Winslow to learn more.

  • Posted on 23 Mar 2019

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    A mother’s story of why mental illness ‘should never be a crime’

    Jerri Clark’s son Calvin was in college when his erratic behavior began, eventually leading to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. His run-ins with law enforcement convinced Clark that medical and legal systems have very little tolerance for individuals with serious psychiatric issues. She shares her brief but spectacular take on why mental illness 'should never be a crime.'

  • Posted on 21 Mar 2019

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    Why new treatment for postpartum depression could be a ‘game-changer’

    For some of the many mothers who experience postpartum depression, therapy and standard antidepressants can alleviate symptoms. But for others, those treatments are slow to provide relief. Now the FDA has approved the first drug specifically intended to treat the illness. Amna Nawaz talks to Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of the University of North Carolina’s perinatal psychiatry program.

  • Posted on 20 Mar 2019

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    The stunning truth about asbestos use in the U.S.

    Asbestos is no longer ubiquitous in building materials, and since it's proven to cause cancer, many Americans likely assumed the substance had been banned entirely. But not only is asbestos a naturally occurring mineral, it is also still used to make some household products. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on "broken" U.S. regulation and why we continue to import the carcinogen.

  • Posted on 13 Mar 2019

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    Water costs balloon in cities along the Great Lakes

    The Great Lakes are an indispensable source of drinking water for more than 48 million people in the U.S. and Canada. But in six large cities on the shorelines, residents are facing a cost crisis. WBEZ reporter Maria Ines Zamudio discusses the findings of a nine-month investigation by American Public Media, Great Lakes Today and NPR with Hari Sreenivasan.

  • Posted on 09 Mar 2019

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