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Slaying 'Little Dragons': Guinea Worm Moves Toward Eradication

The world has eradicated just one human disease: smallpox. But another illness is getting tantalizingly close to elimination.<p>No, we're not talking about polio; that virus also has its back against a wall. But a report Thursday puts a parasitic worm ahead of polio in the race to extinction.<p>The world …

How To 'Eat Good' In The 'Hood'

Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially if you're on a tight budget. Host Michel Martin asks health guru and rapper Stic, of the rap duo Dead Prez, for his suggestions on eating well while on a so-called "hood" budget.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>We'd like to talk about healthy eating now …

Uncovering the Brain of a Psychopath

What makes someone a psychopath? Can these traits be passed through family lines? Neuroscientist James Fallon, and author of <i>The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain</i>, discusses his scientific and personal exploration into the antisocial …

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.<p>In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.<p>But the materials used in some 3-D printing processes could be toxic to humans, particularly if the products get inside the body. So …

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems.<p>For instance, earlier this year, a study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes.<p>So the question is, …

Antibiotics: Light-sensitive drugs to tackle hardy bugs

What if we could deactivate treatments after use to cut the rise of antibiotic resistance? Researchers hope they may be able to control the medicines we take to fight infection using light.<p>The voices warning of the demise of our antibiotic defences are getting louder. With common pathogens such as …

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