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It’s something all Angelenos can agree on: traffic in Los Angeles is crazy making. Last year, drivers in LA averaged a whopping 128 hours sitting in traffic .

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

America’s health care system is by one of the world’s most expensive. One reason for the high cost: pricey medical schools.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

Scientists release controversial genetically modified mosquitoes in high-security lab

The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

from NPR

Re-admission rates not only lower quality of life but they are expensive.

Hospital Readmission Rates are too high

Re-admission rates not only lower quality of life but they are expensive.

from Second Opinion

The story of Tom Catena, a doctor who risks his life daily to proffer medical care in an African war zone, is as remarkable as it is inspiring.

The Power of Living in Service to the Oppressed

The story of Tom Catena, a doctor who risks his life daily to proffer medical care in an African war zone, is as remarkable as it is inspiring.

from Scheer Intelligence

Japan occupied the Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945.

Koreans suing Japanese companies are dredging up an old and ugly dispute between the two countries

Japan occupied the Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For two months a year, in a small Norwegian city, the sun never goes above the horizon. One researcher visits to find out why its citizens are happy despite the lack of light.

The Blue Time

For two months a year, in a small Norwegian city, the sun never goes above the horizon. One researcher visits to find out why its citizens are happy despite the lack of light.

from Nocturne

The Justice Department moved to block a group in Philadelphia from opening a center where people who inject drugs like heroin or fentanyl could do so under medical supervision -- known…

Justice Dept. blocks what would have been the first safe injection site in the U.S.

The Justice Department moved to block a group in Philadelphia from opening a center where people who inject drugs like heroin or fentanyl could do so under medical supervision -- known…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The nations is divided – are supervised injection facilities illegal and only serve to promote illicit drug use, or are they a step toward harm reduction as they save lives?

Supervised Injection Facilities for those who use IV drug

The nations is divided – are supervised injection facilities illegal and only serve to promote illicit drug use, or are they a step toward harm reduction as they save lives?

from Second Opinion

So far this year, 55 measles cases have been confirmed in Washington state, most of them in unvaccinated children. The outbreak's epicenter is Clark County, Wash., just north of Portland, Ore.

Measles cases mount in pacific northwest outbreak

So far this year, 55 measles cases have been confirmed in Washington state, most of them in unvaccinated children. The outbreak's epicenter is Clark County, Wash., just north of Portland, Ore.

from NPR

Research shows that gym class is so terrible that some students are avoiding it by skipping school entirely. Why is it so bad? Bullying is one issue.

Why PE is dreadful and doesn’t make kids healthier

Research shows that gym class is so terrible that some students are avoiding it by skipping school entirely. Why is it so bad? Bullying is one issue.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Humans are evolutionary oddballs for living long past our reproductive prime. New research explains how grandmothers might be the reason why.

Living near your grandmother has evolutionary benefits

Humans are evolutionary oddballs for living long past our reproductive prime. New research explains how grandmothers might be the reason why.

from NPR

The 9th Circuit court last week unanimously blocked a new San Francisco law that would have required sugary beverages to have labels warning consumers about their health risks.

Federal appeals court blocks San Francisco law that would have put health warnings on soda

The 9th Circuit court last week unanimously blocked a new San Francisco law that would have required sugary beverages to have labels warning consumers about their health risks.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Physicians have been taught to look for signs of hopelessness, sadness and lack of motivation to help them diagnose depression. But anger as a depression symptom is less often noticed or addressed.

If you're often angry or irritable, you may be depressed

Physicians have been taught to look for signs of hopelessness, sadness and lack of motivation to help them diagnose depression. But anger as a depression symptom is less often noticed or addressed.

from NPR

Unbridled greed and disrespect for human suffering seems to be the driver of all award winners.

Shkreli awards for the worst actors in health care

Unbridled greed and disrespect for human suffering seems to be the driver of all award winners.

from Second Opinion

When John Elder Robison gets an experimental treatment for Asperger’s, he feels like he’s suddenly seeing the world in technicolor. But that doesn’t mean he likes what he sees.

My Foolish Illusion

When John Elder Robison gets an experimental treatment for Asperger’s, he feels like he’s suddenly seeing the world in technicolor. But that doesn’t mean he likes what he sees.

from UnFictional

In the future, we could have 3D printed bionic eyeballs, contact lenses that track glucose levels, pacemakers for your brain.

The future of medical technology

In the future, we could have 3D printed bionic eyeballs, contact lenses that track glucose levels, pacemakers for your brain.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Concern around the health effects of e-cigarette use has grown in recent years, fueled by a surge in their popularity and a belief that they're safe alternatives to normal cigarettes.

Survey finds higher risk of stroke among e-cigarette users

Concern around the health effects of e-cigarette use has grown in recent years, fueled by a surge in their popularity and a belief that they're safe alternatives to normal cigarettes.

from NPR

At local, state, and national levels we are failing to protect and care for transgender people

Transgender youth are suffering greatly

At local, state, and national levels we are failing to protect and care for transgender people

from Second Opinion

Millennials always seem to be ruining something: the 9 to 5 work week, the diamond industry, dinner dates, napkins (they’d rather use paper towels).

Millennials: burned out, overworked, and underpaid

Millennials always seem to be ruining something: the 9 to 5 work week, the diamond industry, dinner dates, napkins (they’d rather use paper towels).

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand