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9:01 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Ending Nightmares Caused By PTSD

Some patients with PTSD suffer recurring nightmares of a single event.
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Everyone has nightmares sometimes. But for people with PTSD, it's different.

Sam Brace doesn't want to talk about what he saw when he was a soldier in Iraq eight years ago. In fact, it's something he's actively trying not to dwell on. But what he can't control are his dreams.

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Latin America
9:01 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Two Years After Quake, Many Haitians Await Aid

Seventy-three temporary wooden shelters were built last month by the American Red Cross together with other nongovernmental organizations in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Some residents of the new settlement, Village Carvil, have already added living space with tarps.
Marisa Penaloza NPR

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 8:05 pm

First of a two-part report.

It was two years ago this month that a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands and leaving more than a million people homeless. Through U.S. charities, Americans donated more than $1.8 billion, but some in Haiti haven't seen much of that yet.

Charles Giiagliard, his wife and their five children live in a tiny one-room shack in downtown Port-au-Prince.

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Research News
9:01 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

Labs Size Up New Guidelines For Rodent Cages

The standard rat cage used in the U.S. (right) has 140 square inches of floor space. One interpretation of the new guidelines says this cage wouldn't be big enough to hold a male rat, a female rat and their babies. Instead, labs would have to house the rat family in a larger cage, like the 210-square-inch one on the left.
Courtesy of Joseph Thulin Biomedical Resource Center, Medical College of Wisconsin

Scientists do experiments with millions of rats and mice each year, to study everything from heart disease to cancer to diabetes. Recently, some new recommendations about how to house female lab rodents and their babies caused an uproar, with experts at major research institutions now saying they're unsure of what they'll have to do to keep their government funding.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:01 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

The Sleep Apnea Business Is Booming, And Insurers Aren't Happy

Dr. David Gross, medical director of the sleep lab at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., says more than three-quarters of the patients who come to his lab are diagnosed with apnea.
Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News

Snoring was once considered a simple annoyance for bed partners, but there is a growing awareness in the medical community that the grunts and snorts of noisy sleepers can also be a sign of sleep apnea.

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Europe
9:01 pm
Sun January 15, 2012

For Greece, A Possible Return To The Drachma

Old drachma coins are displayed for sale at an outdoor market in Athens. If the international community concludes that Greece can't be saved as a member of the Eurozone it will have to revert to its old currency.
Petros Giannakouris AP

Originally published on Mon January 16, 2012 8:04 pm

Austerity measures imposed by international lenders in exchange for billions in bailout loans have cut deeply into Greek pockets. If Greece defaults on its massive sovereign debt, it may be forced to leave the Eurozone.

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