Research

News and updates about research in health and medicine.

It's a Sunday morning at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, a famous African-American church in the Harlem area of New York City. The organist plays as hundreds of worshippers stream into the pews. The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III steps to the pulpit.

"Now may we stand for our call to worship," says Butts, as he begins a powerful three-hour service filed with music, dancing, prayers and preaching. "How good and pleasant it is when all of God's children get together."

Navigating The Realities Of Relapse And Recovery

Oct 16, 2017
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For decades, prevailing wisdom held that to overcome addiction, the most important thing to do was to flush or “clean” the drugs out of one’s system, to get a fresh start. But more and more, research into the brain, in particular, has largely found this notion to be a myth. After all, long after those chemicals are gone, the underlying addiction and the cravings are still there.


The Cycle of Opioids Addiction

Sep 19, 2017

Sound Medicine begins the new year with the return of a special program exploring the medical community’s growing awareness of opioid abuse and addiction, and the devastating consequences of prescribing opioids for pain. In this special program, we hear from expert physicians and former prescription pain addicts to explore how our use of opioids to treat pain has led to opioid abuse, and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

One of those patients, Karen, shares her story of addiction with Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis. 

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It's always appealing to think that there could be an easy technical fix for a complicated and serious problem.

For example, wouldn't it be great to have a vaccine to prevent addiction?

"One of the things they're actually working on is a vaccine for addiction, which is an incredibly exciting prospect," said Dr. Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Lag In Brain Donation Hampers Understanding Of Dementia In Blacks

Aug 9, 2017
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The question came as a shock to Dorothy Reeves: Would she be willing to donate her husband’s brain for research?

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The world’s only normal breast tissue bank marked its 10th year collecting and researching healthy women’s breast tissue last week.

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If you’re like millions of other Americans, when a big event happens –a  shooting, a disease outbreak, a contentious election –you scour the internet to make sense of what’s going on.

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After a review of the research connecting red meats and processed meats to cancer, a group of WHO researchers published their findings today.

Called Back After A Mammogram? Doctors Are Trying To Make It Less Scary

Oct 15, 2015

When I left my first mammogram appointment a few weeks ago, I felt fine.

Everything had gone smoothly, the technologist hadn't made a concerned face when she looked at the screen, and I was convinced I'd get the all-clear from my primary care doctor in a week or so.

Then came the phone calls the following day — first from my doctor's office, then from the mammography center — telling me the radiologist had seen something that didn't look quite right. I needed to come back for another mammogram and this time an ultrasound exam, too.

Cruelty of Teen Bullying Feeds Into Adult Depression

Jun 5, 2015
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If you’ve ever sat in a therapist’s chair wondering if those bullies from junior high are responsible for your adult depression, a study published earlier this week in the British Medical Journal lends weight to your theory.

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