16-44 Segment 1: Lupus and the Skin

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Lupus results when the immune system turns on the body, producing inflammatory attacks on virtually any organ. A minority of patients have lupus only on the skin, and while this is not life threatening, it can still be psychologically devastating.

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16-44 Segment 2: Concussions and Camaraderie

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Concussions have prompted many parents to question whether their sons should play high school football. A well known sportswriter and parent who was given nearly unlimited access to a high school team for a year shares the red flags he saw as well as the benefits of playing.

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16-43 Segment 1: Vaccination Refusal

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A new survey shows more pediatricians are experiencing vaccination refusal among patients, and while the reasons are evolving, they still often result from misinformation. An increasing proportion of doctors are kicking these families out of their practices if they can’t change minds and behavior, but is that ethical? Whose rights are paramount—the unvaccinated child or the rest of the practice?

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16-43 Segment 2: The Benefits of Fear

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During the Halloween season, many people seek out frightening experiences. This controlled fear has a psychological and developmental purpose, as an expert explains.

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16-42 Segment 1: DTC Genetic Testing

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Genetic testing is now available to consumers to satisfy a variety of desires—tracing heritage, gauging risk of inherited diseases in children, and screening for disease. However, risks come with what doctors say is incomplete knowledge. Experts discuss uses, risks, and future of consumer genetic testing.

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16-42 Segment 2: Brain Injury and Homelessness

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Research is showing that a remarkably high proportion of homeless men have suffered a traumatic brain injury in the past, raising the possibility that TBIs may cause behaviors directly leading to homelessness. Experts discuss their research.

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16-41 Segment 1: Adoption Psychology

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People who are adopted have more psychological problems than others, yet they also tend to have other psychological strengths. Experts, both themselves also adoptees, discuss the roots and outcomes of these issues as adopted children grow up.

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