17-05 Segment 1: Autism in Girls

little girl sitting on the bench in the park at the day time

 

Experts have believed that autism affects four times as many boys as girls, but the ratio may not actually be quite that high. Doctors are learning that autism shows up differently in girls’ behavior as a result of brain differences. This leaves many girls with autism undiagnosed.

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17-05 Segment 2: Power Naps at Work

Tired Office Woman napping at her Worktable, Leaning her Back on a Chair with Hands at the Back of her Head and Eyes Closed

 

Most employers believe the workplace is no place to nap, but research increasingly shows that a short nap in the middle of the day carries many benefits in increased productivity.

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17-04 Segment 1: Exoskeletons: Enabling Paraplegics To Walk Again

3d render of a unpowered human exoskeleton

 

Motorized, computer-controlled braces and frames are making the concept of the bionic human into reality. Experts discuss how these exoskeletons work and how they may be used in the future.

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17-04 Segment 2: Public Hospitals

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Public hospitals have a poor reputation, but in some fields, especially trauma, they are often among the best hospitals in the US. Two experts discuss reputation vs. reality and the threats public hospitals face.

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17-03 Segment 1: Stoned Driving: How can police tell?

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With recreational marijuana use legal in eight states and 29 permitting medical pot use, there will be more drivers on the road who are potentially under the influence of marijuana. However, police have no way to determine who is dangerous and who is not, as blood levels of marijuana’s active ingredient are often meaningless. Experts discuss the problem and new scientific discoveries about marijuana impairment.

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17-03 Segment 2: Poor Health and Prison

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Researchers have found that poor health and disabilities can be factors leading to prison. An expert discusses the life cycles that can make this occur.

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17-02 Segment 1: Eating Disorders in Adults

Woman with anorexia being on restricted diet

 

Over the last decade, the number of women over age 30 seeking treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder has skyrocketed. Experts discuss the factors triggering eating disorders in midlife and the factors that bring women in for treatment for long standing disorders.

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