Stem cells are often touted as potential treatments for conditions like spinal cord injury, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. Two Indian doctors are already putting stem cells to use, curing some cases of blindness.
Before the invention of the dialysis machine, kidney failure was basically a death sentence. Registered nurse Janice Breen explains how the design of dialysis machines has evolved since she started working with them back in 1973.
Chris Adrian's novels tell dark, fantastical stories that draw on his experience working as a pediatric oncologist. Adrian tells Kurt Andersen how writing helps him deal with the emotional burden of the medicine he practices.
US health authorities are encouraging Americans to get their H1N1 flu shot. Authorities in Europe are less enthusiastic. And Europeans are losing interest. Many people in Germany and Spain are reluctant to get a vaccination. Gerry Hadden reports.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Robert Dingwall, a sociologist at the University of Nottingham in England, about why Europe and the US seem to have different attitudes when it comes to vaccinating against the H1N1 flu.
Over half a million women die each year from complications of pregnancy. To address the problem, the UN Population Fund is holding a high level maternal health meeting in Ethiopia. Listen to Lyse Doucet's report from Afghanistan.
Marco Werman speaks with Abigail Haworth, Senior International editor for the U.S. edition of Marie Claire magazine. She reported on the practice of force-feeding young girls in Mauritania, a country where big is considered more beautiful.
Most women should start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40, according to new U.S. guidelines. International guidelines also start at age 50. Jeb Sharp talks with David Dershaw at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. From PRI's The World.
For 25 years, International Medical Corps has been providing medical care in some of the world's most troubled places. The group has collected photos from the field and published them in a new book called A Thousand Words.
The search for survivors after the devastating earthquake in Haiti continues but rescuers have little lifting equipment and are often using their bare hands. We get an update from the BBC's Andy Gallagher, who is in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti's infrastructure for things like clean water and sewage disposal was primitive before last week's earthquake. Now, out of tragedy arises the opportunity to rebuild it up to modern standards. Marina Giovannelli has our story.