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What lies ahead for PIGS of the European Union?

What lies ahead for PIGS of the European Union?

Many European Union countries have already adopted the Euro as their currency, and more hope to switch to the Euro in the future, but deficits in Greece, Spain and Portugal are threatening the EU's economic growth. The European Central Bank doesn't want to let in other countries facing financial troubles, causing Poland and other former [...]

This hurts you more than it hurts me – managing chronic pain in children

This hurts you more than it hurts me – managing chronic pain in children

For a parent, watching your child suffer is an excruciating experience. For some parents this struggle is a horrifying daily reality. With treatments that very from intensive prescription drugs to holistic solutions – how is a parent to know what is right for their child? Patt talks with a leading expert in the field of [...]

Love: What’s science got to do with it?

Love: What’s science got to do with it?

Just in time for Valentine’s day, anthropology professor and human behavior expert Helen Fisher talks with Larry about how scientific research can help lonely hearts connect. In her latest book, “Why Him? Why Her?” Fisher delves into four dominant personality types, which she says not only guide who we are, but who we love. What [...]

St. John’s Web Exclusive

St. John’s Web Exclusive

As part of KPCC’s focus on health care reform, our own Patt Morrison visited St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles, where she spoke with medical practitioners, public health officials, local politicians and patients. Here are stories of health care realities and hopes for health care reforms through the eyes of [...]

Patients

Patients

Patt sits down with some of the patients at the Clinic and askes what brings them there and what keeps them coming back. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Demon sheep run amok—California’s senate race takes a bahhhd twist

Demon sheep run amok—California’s senate race takes a bahhhd twist

Whether Carly Fiorina’s campaign intended for their new attack video against Tom Campbell to become an internet sensation or not, the now infamous “demon sheep” ad has gone viral. The bizarre metaphor that the video attempts to set up is of many politicians, or sheep, labeling themselves as fiscal conservatives but in reality being “fiscal [...]

No Yoo didn’t

No Yoo didn’t

Part of the territory of being an attorney is being unpopular, but John Yoo might possibly be the most well known, unpopular attorney of our generation. The former Bush justice official who was behind the infamous Bybee “torture” memo, turning P.O.W’s into “Enemy Combatants,” and giving the legal backing to unconstitutional wiretapping, to name just [...]

True stories from Up in the Air

True stories from Up in the Air

In the film Up in the Air, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate frequent flier whose job is to tell others that they've lost theirs. But to cast Bingham's subjects, director Jason Reitman searched for people who had been laid off in real life. He placed an ad in the paper about a documentary [...]

Teen pregnancies, abortions on the rise: is it sex ed or media?

Teen pregnancies, abortions on the rise: is it sex ed or media?

A report out from the Guttmacher Institute shows that teenage pregnancies and abortions began to rise in 2005 after more than a decade on the decline. Proponents of comprehensive sex education say it’s clear evidence of the failure of President Bush’s abstinence-only sex education in public schools, while abstinence-only advocates blame the sex-saturated media culture [...]

Are vegetative patients able to think?

Are vegetative patients able to think?

In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that a form of brain scanning could be used to determine the consciousness of patients who appear to be in a persistent vegetative state. Using functional magnetic resonance, five patients showed brain activity that indicated awareness and intent, with one patient [...]