Mon August 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

Where We Learn That Artificial Eyes Really Aren't Round At All

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:49 pm

A prosthetic eye is a work of art custom-crafted for an individual.
Rebecca Davis NPR

Almost every time reporters go out on assignment, they run across something unexpected that they just can't fit into the story they're working on.

When science correspondent Joe Palca and producer Rebecca Davis were in Boston reporting on a boy with a rare form of cancer, they found themselves in the office of Jahrling Ocular Prosthetics, a business dedicated to making artificial eyes.

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Sun August 10, 2014
Shots - Health News

Recovery Coach Helps An Addict Resist Heroin's Lure

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 3:41 pm

Among heroin addicts who are able to quit, 40 to 60 percent relapse within the first year — many within the first weeks of release from a treatment program.
Diane Diederich iStockphoto

The first time Jeremy Wurzburg left a heroin treatment program, he planned to begin Narcotics Anonymous and do all the right things to stay off drugs. But one week later, the skinny, pale young man was hanging out with a guy who was also in early recovery, experiencing what Wurzburg, now 21, has come to realize is a typical turning point for recovering addicts: two guys sitting casually in a car, poised to use drugs again.

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Sat August 9, 2014
Shots - Health News

Advice For Dating With Asperger's: Don't Call 100 Times A Week

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 12:57 pm

You think it's romantic. She thinks it's creepy.
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Dating isn't easy, and it's even less so when you've got Asperger's, an autism spectrum disorder that can make it hard to read social cues.

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Fri August 8, 2014
Shots - Health News

Preventing HIV With Medicine Can Carry A Stigma

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 12:57 pm

Truvada, an FDA-approved drug to help prevent HIV infection, is among the AIDS drugs that fill pharmacy shelves at the Whitman-Walker clinic, a Washington, D.C., community health center.
Astrid Riecken MCT/Landov

In order to slow the spread of HIV, certain people who do not have the virus but are at risk should take medicine to prevent becoming infected. That's the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, just recently, the World Health Organization.

The preventive treatment is known as PrEP, for pre-exposure prophylaxis.

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Fri August 8, 2014